• Kyodo News


WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka beat Ivan Hernandez in his third title defense Saturday when his Mexican challenger’s corner threw in the towel after the third round in a world doubleheader in Tokyo.

Meanwhile in a stunning upset, previously undefeated Japan-based Venezuelan champion Jorge Linares was knocked out in the first round by Mexican challenger Juan Carlos Salgado, failing in his second title defense of the WBC super featherweight crown.

Nishioka and Hernandez went toe to toe until the end of the third round but Hernandez did not come out for the fourth after it was feared he had broken his jaw.

Nishioka improve to 35-4, 22 by knockout, with three draws.

“The end result was I defended the title but I was not satisfied with the way I fought today. I will just continue to focus on each match as they come. I want to fight in Las Vegas,” Nishioka said.

Salgado sent Linares to the canvas with a left to the temple and finished him off with a flurry of punches after 1:13 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

“I still can’t believe it. I took a punch to the temple that somehow got through my guard. I was done after that. It’s disappointing since it was my first fight in a while in Japan. I definitely want a rematch,” Linares said.

Salgado improved to 22-0-1 (16 KOs) while Linares slipped to 27-1 (18 KOs).

“No one believed that I could win but I had confidence. Linares is a great champion. I never expected him to fall. I am very happy and proud to win,” Salgado said.


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