Tokyo results: Valero scores another KO, Hasegawa and Munoz win

Hozumi Hasegawa successfully defended his WBC bantamweight title against unbeaten South African challenger Simpiwe Vetyeka in the main event of yesterday's card at Tokyo's Ariake Colosseum, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. Hasegawa (22-2) won the belt against Veeraphol Sahaprom in 2005. This was his fourth defense of the title. Vetyeka falls to 16-1.

On the undercard, Alexander Munoz regained the WBA super flyweight title in a unanimous decision win over Nobuo Nashiro. Scores were 118-109, 117-111 and 117-112. Munoz first won the belt in 2002, before losing it to Martin Castillo in 2004. He lost again to Castillo last year, and six months after Castillo/Munoz II, Nashiro beat Castillo in Japan for the title, in just his eighth professional fight. Munoz improves to 30-2, and Nashiro is now 9-1.

And finally, Edwin Valero (22-0) racked up knockout number 22 in the eighth round against Nobuhito Honmo (29-5-2), marking just the second time in his career he's gone past the second round. Everyone wants Pacquiao/Marquez II for the Pacman's next fight, but would anybody pass on Pacquiao/Valero in Japan? Talk about an explosive matchup.

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