By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight6 champ Hugo Cazares (34-6-2, 24 KOs), 115, a Mexican switch-hitter, kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision over counter-punching Japanese Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-9-1, 8 KOs), 114.75, over twelve gory rounds on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Russell Mora (US) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) both 117-111, and Sergio Caiz (US) 116-112, all for the defending champ Cazares. The referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).
The 32-year-old Cazares registered his third defense since he dethroned Japan’s Nobuo Nashiro in their rematch at the same arena this May.
Hisakata’s strategy apparently looked wrong and unsuccessful since he kept waiting too long for his trademark countering shots and Cazares kept punching to pile up points steadily. The third round saw Hisataka, 25, sustain a gash caused by a butt, which kept streaming blood until the end of the bout. It was obviously a nuisance for the Japanese challenger to retaliate in later rounds.
It was a question why Hisataka was so negative without throwing jabs or combinations throughout the contest even though he kept aiming to counter against the awkward switch-hitter. Cazares easily accumulated points simply because of Hisataka’s lack of action especially in middle rounds. The Japanese, however, showed his best in round eight, when he almost stunned the champ with a well-timed right and desperately threw solid combinations to the bewildered Mexican, who was saved by the bell.
Cazares, with more experience and composure, swept the last three sessions with ease, as he kept positively throwing right jabs or left jabs depending on his switch-hitting stance. He also often connected with southpaw lefts to the Japanese challenger to confirm his victory.
(More to come)