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Hozumi Hasegawa was back on top of the world as the new WBC featherweight champion after beating top-ranked Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico by decision on Friday night.

Hasegawa, ranked second at featherweight, had moved up two weight classes from bantamweight, the title which he defended 10 times before losing the belt in April to Mexico’s Fernando Montiel who won by TKO.

Hasegawa, the hard-hitting southpaw from Hyogo Prefecture, is now 29-3 with 12 knockouts.

Earlier, Takahiro Ao had set the tone by also winning his second world title with victory over WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert on a unanimous decision.

The 26-year-old Ao managed to add to the featherweight belt he previously won as the No. 2-ranked fighter edged his German opponent, who was floored to the canvas for the first time in his career in the third round.

Ao improved his record to 20 wins, including nine knockouts, against two losses and a draw.

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