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Southpaw Kengo Nagashima, landing a barrage of punches from all angles, pounded out a shutout decision over Thai lightweight champion KongDharani Poh Surasak in a 10-round nontitle fight at Koga Golf Links on Sunday.

While there were no knockdowns in the fight, 27-year-old Nagashima, ranked fifth by the World Boxing Council, frequently connected with effective blows to the head and body. But the Thai took them well and managed to last the distance.

With the victory, Nagashima, who is aiming at another world title shot following his failed bid to win the vacant WBC crown last August, improved his record to 24 wins, including 14 KOs, against two defeats and a draw.

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