By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2 / 18 by KO) remained unbeaten by defeating top mandatory contender Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1 / 12 by KO) by seventh round stoppage to retain his WBC bantamweight title belt. The bout took place Friday at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.
The Panamanian challenger came out fast in the opening round throwing punches from all angles, but the southpaw champion stunned Moreno with a left cross and dropped him in slugfest first round.
The next two rounds were action packed fight, and Moreno dropped Yamanaka with a surprising right hook in round four. Moreno would win round five.
In round six the action continued as Yamanaka dropped Moreno again with a left cross, as the momentum shifted to the Japanese fighters liking.
Round seven proved to be the beginning of the end for Moreno, as Yamanaka dropped Moreno twice in a vicious attack. The stoppage came at 1:09 of the round when referee Daniel Van de Wiele halted the action.
This was a rematch of their “classic” first bout a year ago on September 22, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan with Yamanaka winning a 12 round split decision. I consider Shinsuke Yamanaka to be one of the best fighters in the world today and I rank him within my top dozen (12) “pound for pound” boxers.
The co-feature bout was a mild upset with 35 year old Japanese Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5 / 16 by KO) ) stopped WBC super bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (36-4 / 32 by KO) with the Mexican fighter quitting on the stool after the ninth round. It was Hasegawa’s third claim to world title belt, he is a former WBC bantamweight and WBC featherweight champion.
At the time of the stoppage, the official scorecards were; 78-72, 76-74 for Hasegawa, and 74-76 for Ruiz.