Hasegawa retains WBC bantamweight title

TOKYO (TICKER) —Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa on Thursday defeated Mexican Alejandro Valdez by TKO in the second round to retain his WBC bantamweight title.

Hasegawa (25-2, 9 KOs) was making his seventh title defense and dominated from the start, sending Valdez to the canvas with a left hook with one minute remaining in the second round.

Valdez (21-3-1) returned to his feet but referee Mike Griffin stopped the bout after Hasegawa landed a flurry of punches to the head of the challenger.

On the undercard, champion Oscar Larios retained his WBC featherweight title in a split decision over Japanese challenger Takahiro Aoh.

Aoh (16-1-1) floored the Mexican in the fourth round, but Larios (63-6-1, 39 KOs) recovered and dominated the later rounds.

Two judges scored the bout 115-111 and 114-112 in favor of Larios, while a third had it 114-112 in favor of Aoh.

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Updated Thursday, Oct 16, 2008