By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC bantam and feather champ, Japanese southpaw Hozumi Hasegawa (32-4, 14 KOs), 124, displayed a quick stoppage in dropping Thai #5 feather Veerapol Sor. Chandrasith (8-3, 2 KOs), 123.75, twice and finally halting him at 2:51 of the third round in a scheduled ten rounder on Friday in his native Kobe city, Japan.
The 32-year-old Japanese, having moved down to the 122-pound category from the 126-pound division, is gunning for his third throne in the super-bantam class and appeared in a tune-up bout prior to a possible world title shot in the nearest future. Hasegawa looked a little tense and nervous as he was too much eager to finish the Thailander to bring home the bacon early. The taller Thailander, 24, showed his retaliation in round two, positively throwing long straight rights time and again though they were averted by Hasegawa’s elusiveness. The third saw the ex-champ quickly swarm over the Thai youngster with a triple southpaw left, flooring him to the deck. Hasegawa accelerated his attack to send him sprawling to the canvas again. It was a matter of time that Hasegawa would floor him for the third time with a fusillade of punches, which prompted the third man to call a halt before the loser’s third visit to the floor. Hasegawa said, “I can be sharper and faster in my next appearance. I’m positively looking forward to my third crown.” His third coronation will depend on his target among the champs of the four organizations, of course, except for Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.