Weekend scorecard: Hasegawa new bantam king

On April 16 in Tokyo, Hozumi Hasegawa ended Veerapol Sahaprom's seven-year reign as a bantamweight titlist.

Updated: April 22, 2005, 3:47 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

A roundup of the weekend's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at Tokyo
Bantamweight
Hozumi Hasegawa W12 Veerapol Sahaprom
Scores: 116-112, 115-113 (twice)
Wins a bantamweight title
Records: Hasegawa (18-2); Sahaprom (47-2-2)
Rafael's remark: In a major upset, Hasegawa derailed the long-reigning Thai champion. Sahaprom had reigned since 1998, going 12-0-2 in 14 successful defenses and hadn't lost since his fifth pro fight in 1996.
Strawweight
Yutaka Niida W12 Jaewon Kim
Scores: 119-111, 118-110, 117-112
Retains strawweight title
Records: Niida (18-1-3); Kim (19-2-2)
Rafael's remark: Niida boxed his way to an easy decision against his Korean challenger in the second defense of his second title reign.

Saturday at Brakpan, South Africa
Junior lightweight
Cassius Baloyi W12 Lehlo Ledwaba
Scores: 116-113, 115-114, 115-113
Records: Baloyi (31-1); Ledwaba (35-5-1)
Rafael's remark: In a battle of South Africa's best junior lightweights (no, Mzonke Fana isn't one of them despite the sick joke the WBC tried to perpetrate April 9), Baloyi wins the rematch on another close decision.

Saturday at Maddeburg, Germany
Junior middleweight
Sergei Dzindziruk W12 Jimmy Colas
Scores: 119-108, 118-109, 117-111
Retains European junior middleweight title
Records: Dzindziruk (29-0); Colas (15-3)
Rafael's remark: Dzindziruk, a German-based Ukrainian, scored knockdowns in the eighth and 11th rounds but the French challenger went the distance, ending Dzindziruk's knockout streak at nine consecutive fights.

Friday at Airway Heights, Wash.
Middleweight
Kingsley Ikeke TKO10 Antwun Echols
Records: Ikeke (23-1, 13 KOs); Echols (31-6-1)
Rafael's remark: In earning the signature victory of his career in this elimination bout, Ikeke stopped a former three-time title challenger. Ikeke lived up to his nickname of "Sharp Knuckle" by sticking his excellent left jab in Echols' face all night, causing severe swelling to Echols' right eye and forcing him to take a knee in the 10th round to get away from the punishment. After the 10th, Echols' trainer, Dan Birmingham, humanely threw in the towel.
Super middleweight
Andre Dirrell W6 Carl Cockerham
Scores: 60-53 (twice), 59-54
Records: Dirrell (4-0); Cockerham (12-10-3)
Rafael's remark: Dirrell, a 2004 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, was taken the distance for the first time in his pro career by a tough journeyman. Although it was a sloppy affair, Dirrell did score the fight's only knockdown in the third round.

Friday at Albuquerque, N.M.
Featherweight
Johnny Tapia W10 Frankie Archuleta
Scores: 96-94 (three times)
Records: Tapia (55-4-2); Archuleta (24-5-1)
Rafael's remark: Although Tapia has faded significantly since his heyday when he won five titles in three divisions, he avenged a March 2004 split-decision loss to Archuleta. Fighting through a badly swollen left eye, Tapia thrilled his hometown fans with a close, but well-deserved decision in a highly entertaining match.

Friday at Copenhagen
Welterweight
Thomas Damgaard TKO6 Rocky Martinez
Records: Damgaard (35-0, 27 KOs); Martinez (40-12-1)
Rafael's remark: As a mandatory challenger, Danish contender Damgaard claimed illness and backed out of a fight with then-titlist Jose Antonio Rivera earlier this month. Rivera lost to late replacement Luis Collazo. A couple of weeks later, Damgaard was feeling better and knocked out another in a long line of journeymen.
Super middleweight
Lolenga Mock TKO10 Charles Brewer
Records: Mock (24-9-1, 8 KOs); Brewer (40-11)
Rafael's remark: Brewer, the exciting former titlist from Philadelphia, has been stopped in two consecutive fights and it's probably time for him to hang up the gloves after a roller-coaster career.

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