Shimizu wins WBA 115lb belt
Slick-punching Japanese speedster Tomonobu Shimizu (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork and longer reach to dominate early and late rounds, though losing middle rounds, to eke out a split but popular decision (115-113 twice and 114-116) over defending champ Hugo Cazares (35-7-2, 25 KOs), 115, a switch-hitting Mexican, over twelve hard-fought and gory sessions on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Source, WBA(by Joe Koizumi, Photo Sumio Yamada)
Shimizu takes jr.bantamweight title from Cazares
Japan's Tomonobu Shimizu became the new WBA super flyweight champion Wednesday with a split decision over Hugo Cazares of Mexico.
Shimizu won on two cards by scores of 115-113, while one judge saw it 115-114 for Cazares.
It was the fifth title defense for Cazares, who won the belt in May 2010 against Nobuo Nashiro and was coming off a third-round knockout of Arturo Badillo on July 9. The Mexican fell to 35-7-2 with his first loss since falling to Ivan Calderon three years ago.
Shimizu won his fifth straight bout and improved to 19-3-1. His last loss came in his last title chance, suffering a 10th-round knockout by Daisuke Naito in July 2008.
Source, miamiherald.com: www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/31/2383576/shimizu-takes-flyweight-title.html
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