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Igarashi and Yamanaka retain their crowns

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (17-0-2, 12 KOs), 118, Japan, impressively kept his belt by a beautiful demolition of ex-WBC 115-pound ruler Tomas Rojas (39-14-1-1NC, 26 KOs), 117.5, Mexico, at 0:36 of the seventh round on Saturday in Sendai, Japan.

Also, WBC flyweight titlist and ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, Japan, managed to retain his throne as he eked out a majority decision (114-112 twice and 113-113) over previously unbeaten Argentine Nestor Narvaes (19-1-2-1NC, 9 KOs), 111.25, over twelve hard-fought rounds.

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