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Shinsuke Yamanaka knocks out Anselmo Moreno in eleventh title defense

Hozumi Hasegawa became a three-division champion in the co-feature.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Shinsuke Yamanaka barely scraped past Anselmo Moreno when the pair first fought last year, taking a disputed split decision in his native Japan. There was no controversy this time around, though, as "God’s Left" dropped Moreno four times to hand the Panamanian technician the first stoppage loss of his career.

That’s not to say he had an easy time of it. Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KO) put Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KO) on the canvas in the first round with a point-blank counter left, but went down himself on a right hook three rounds later. Undaunted, the Japanese champion landed a monster straight left in the sixth that sent Moreno teetering to the ground and, one round later, poured on the punishment until knockdowns three and four sent the referee into action.

Yamanaka was up 57-55, 56-55, 57-55 at the time of the stoppage. Here’s a highlight of each knockdown that I found; enjoy it while it lasts.

With this win, the eleventh defense of his WBC title, Yamanaka has firmly established himself as the top bantamweight on the planet. Not bad at all.

Veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16 KO) came up big as well, forcing WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Hugo Ruiz (36-4, 32 KO) to retire in the corner after the ninth round. The win nets Hasegawa, who once ruled the bantamweight division with an iron fist and who had a very brief stint as a featherweight champion, his third world title in three divisions and his first since 2010.

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