Michael Rosenthal

Gonzalez stops Hasegawa in four to win featherweight belt

Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Hozumi Hasegawa 58 seconds into the fourth rounds to take Hasegawa’s featherweight title Friday in Kobe, Japan.

Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) landed a crushing right to the jaw of Hasegawa (pictured above), putting him on his backside and hurting him badly.

The two-division titleholder was able to get to his feet as count began but was too wobbly to continue, prompted the ref to the stop the fight.

Gonzalez is on an impressive rolle, having now stopped all eight of his opponents since he was KO’d by Toshiaki Nishioka in a bid for a junior featherweight title in 2009.

Hasegawa lost his bantamweight title when he stopped in four rounds by Fernando Montiel last year. He won the vacant featherweight belt by outpointing  Juan Carlos Burgos seven months later.

Gonzalez, from Mexico City, also held a bantamweight title in 2005-07.

On the undercard, Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs) stopped Mauricio Javier Munoz (21-3, 9 KOs) in nine rounds to retain his junior featherweight title.

And Takahiro Ao (21-2-1, 10 KOs) knocked out Humberto Mauro Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs) in four rounds to keep his junior lightweight belt.




Photo / Naoki Fukuda

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