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Suguru Muranaka’s bid for a first world title ended in resounding defeat Saturday, with the Japanese fighter losing by unanimous decision to champion Khalid Yafai in a WBA super flyweight title bout.

The 31-year-old Muranaka made Yafai work in the Brit’s first defense of the title at Barclaycard Arena. But Yafai, 27, knocked down the challenger in the second round and his class told in the end, the official scorecards coming back 118-108, 119-107, 119-107 in his favor.

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