By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against top contender Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), a Mexican switch-hitter, tomorrow (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. It will take place just eight days later after such a shocker that our national hero Hozumi Hasegawa was annihilated by Mexican Fernando Montiel in Tokyo. As his father Manuel Montiel is Cazares’ manager, all Montiel’s family moved to Osaka after the shock wave happened in Tokyo.
Cazares, 32 and ex-WBO 108-pound champ, said, “I’ve been fully acclimated with the air, temperature, weather and food, having stayed here for more than two weeks. I’ll bring another belt to Mexico—like Fernando.”
Nashiro, 28, a shaven-skulled monk-like puncher, modestly said, “I know Cazares’ real power, but he must know mine. It will be as hard a fight as our first encounter. I’ll clearly win this time.”
Their initial confrontation resulted in a split draw (115-113, 113-115 and 114-114) here last September. The WBA accordingly recommended a direct rematch to see who the best man would be.
Today there was a weigh-in ceremony at Yamada Electronics Shop, a sponsor to the event. Both tipped the beam at the 115-pound class limit. WBC super-fly campeona (female champ) Ana Maria Torres enjoys her Japanese holidays as well as takes a moving picture of the weigh-in scene with a digital camera. Is her camera made in Japan?
The officials are as follows: referee Russell Mora (US); judges Glenn Feldman (US), Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Raul Caiz Sr. (US); supervisor Guy Jutras (Canada).
We don’t like to see our world champions (currently five male and four female) reduce every week.