By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded but hard-punching southpaw Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he battered and bloodied Mexican defending champ Gamaliel Diaz (37-10-2, 17 KOs), 130, decked him four times and finally stopped him at 1:21 of the ninth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was Diaz’s initial defense since he dethroned Takahiro Aoh by an upset unanimous verdict last October, but the Mexican looked quite different from what he convincingly defeated Aoh. Diaz couldn’t avert Miura’s southpaw lefts, hitting the deck in the third, sixth, seventh and fatal ninth rounds.
Diaz sustained a gash over the right eyebrow caused by an accidental butt midway in the opening session with Miura penalized a point due to the WBC eye-cut rule. Miura, in the closing seconds of the third session, sent him on the seats of trunks with a devastating left. The Japanese southpaw often caught the fading Mexican with solid lefts to the face to make him a bloody mess and Diaz’s face became grotesquely swollen as the contest progressed.
As Miura floored the champ for the fourth time midway in round nine, the referee Laurence Cole didn’t hesitate to declare a halt. This was the first of the WBC world title tripleheader. (More to come)