Nishioka keeps super bantamweight title

Updated: January 3, 2009, 10:41 AM ET
Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan stopped Mexico's Genaro Garcia in the 12th round Saturday to retain the WBC super bantamweight title in his first defense.

Nishioka won the interim belt against Napapol Kiatisakchokchai of Thailand in September, but was elevated to full titleholder last month because champion Israel Vazquez, who is recovering from eye surgery and out indefinitely, was stripped.

With his sharp left hand, Nishioka was a comfortable winner over the tenacious 31-year-old Mexican, who withstood a barrage of punches in the final round.

"I really wanted to beat him," Nishioka said. "My boxing still needs a lot of improvement, but I am glad that I beat him in the end."

The 32-year-old Nishioka improved to 33 wins with 20 KOs, while Garcia dropped to 38-7.

Also Saturday, Paulus Moses of Namibia beat Yusuke Kobori of Japan on points to win the WBA "regular" lightweight title. Kobori, who slipped to 23-3, had taken the title in May 2008. Moses improved to 24-0 with 17 KOs. Nate Campbell, who has unified 135-pound belts, is the WBA's lightweight "super champion."


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