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Hozumi Hasegawa and Takahiro Aoh Win in Japan

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Hozumi Hasegawa skipped a weight class to pick up the WBC featherweight title, and Takahiro Aoh claimed the WBC super featherweight belt this morning in Nagoya, Japan.

Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KO) rebounded from his April loss to Fernando Montiel at bantamweight, beating Mexican prospect Juan Carlos Burgos by 12-round unanimous decision. Scores were 116-111 and 117-110 (twice). Skipping a weight class is never easy and rarely advised, but Hasegawa made it work and at 29, has a new lease on his career. Word was he was struggling to make bantamweight, and the victory over Burgos (25-1, 18 KO) gives his career a new boost. The move up was quite a risk since he took a legitimate opponent, and it appears to make an already-good featherweight division even better.

In the co-feature, Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KO) toppled Vitali Tajbert (20-2, 6 KO) to claim the WBC's super featherweight belt. The win makes Aoh a two-division titlist. Tajbert went down in the third round and lost on scores of 115-112, 116-110 and 117-112. After the fight, Tajbert claimed he injured his hand in the second round, and said he wants a rematch. Humberto Gutierrez is the mandatory challenger for Aoh.

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