History of the World Bantamweight Championship


During the history of the division's lineal championship, there have been occasions when the reigning champ has moved up in weight or retired, thus ending that particular strand of the lineage. In such instances a new lineage must be established, which is basically filling a vacancy. For background information on this, please click here.



1890
Jun 27 - George Dixon  KO 18  Nunc Wallace (London, England)

Oct 23 - George Dixon  KO 40  Johnny Murphy (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

1891
* Although Dixon did not officially vacate the world championship it became
   universally accepted as being vacant (Dixon began campaigning at featherweight)     

1892
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1893
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1894
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1895
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1896
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1897
Dec 6 - Jimmy Barry  KO 20  Walter Croot (London, England)

1898

Barry was from Chicago and remained unbeaten throughout his entire career

May 30 - Jimmy Barry  D 20  Casper Leon (New York City, New York, USA)

1899
Sep - Barry vacates the world championship and retires

Sep 12 - Terry McGovern  KO 1  Pedlar Palmer (Tuckahoe, New York, USA)

Dec 22 - Terry McGovern  KO 2  Harry Forbes (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec - McGovern vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

1900
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1901
Harris was nicknamed “Human Scissors” and was from Chicago

Mar 18 - Harry Harris  PTS 15  Pedlar Palmer (London, England)

Mar - Harris vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

1902
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1903
Feb 27 - Harry Forbes  PTS 10  Andrew Tokell (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Aug 13 - Frankie Neil  KO 2  Harry Forbes (San Francisco, California, USA)

Sep 4 - Frankie Neil  KO 15  Billy DeCoursey (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Neil was born in San Francisco

Oct 16 - Frankie Neil  D 20  Johnny Reagan (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1904
Jun 17 - Frankie Neil  KO 3  Harry Forbes (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Oct 17 - Joe Bowker  PTS 20  Frankie Neil (London, England)

1905
May 29 - Joe Bowker  PTS 20  Pinky Evans (London, England)

* Although Bowker did not officially vacate the world championship it became
   universally accepted as being vacant (Bowker began campaigning at featherweight)


Oct 20 - Jimmy Walsh  PTS 15  Digger Stanley (Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA)

1906
Dec - Walsh vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

1907
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1908
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1909
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1910
Mar 18 - Johnny Coulon  KO 19  Jim Kendrick (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Dec 19 - Johnny Coulon  NC 3  Earl Denning (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

1911

A portrait of Coulon

Feb 26 - Johnny Coulon  PTS 20  Frankie Conley (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1912
Feb 3 - Johnny Coulon  PTS 20  Frankie Conley (Vernon, California, USA)

Feb 18 - Johnny Coulon  PTS 20  Frankie Burns (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1913
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1914
Jun 3 - Kid Williams  KO 3  Johnny Coulon (Vernon, California, USA)

1915
Dec 6 - Kid Williams  D 20  Frankie Burns (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1916
Feb 7 - Kid Williams  D 20  Pete Herman (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1917
Jan 9 - Pete Herman  PTS 20  Kid Williams (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
A signed photograph of Herman

Nov 5 - Pete Herman  PTS 20  Frankie Burns (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1918
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1919
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1920
Dec 22 - Joe Lynch  PTS 15  Pete Herman (New York City, New York, USA)

1921
Jul 25 - Pete Herman  PTS 15  Joe Lynch (New York City, New York, USA)

Sep 23 - Johnny Buff  PTS 15  Pete Herman (New York City, New York, USA)
Buff was from Perth Amboy in New Jersey

Nov 10 - Johnny Buff  PTS 15  Jackie Sharkey (New York City, New York, USA)

1922
Jul 10 - Joe Lynch  KO 14  Johnny Buff (New York City, New York, USA)

Dec 22 - Joe Lynch  PTS 15  Midget Smith (New York City, New York, USA)

1923
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1924
Mar 21 - Abe Goldstein  PTS 15  Joe Lynch (New York City, New York, USA)

Jul 16 - Abe Goldstein  PTS 15  Charles LeDoux (New York City, New York, USA)

Sep 8 - Abe Goldstein  PTS 15  Tommy Ryan (New York City, New York, USA)
“Cannonball” Martin’s real name was Eduardo Vittorio Martino

Dec 19 - Eddie “Cannonball” Martin  PTS 15  Abe Goldstein (New York City, New York, USA)

1925
Mar 20 - Charlie Rosenberg  PTS 15  Eddie “Cannonball” Martin (New York City, New York, USA)

Jul 23 - Charlie Rosenberg  KO 4  Eddie Shea (New York City, New York, USA)

1926
Mar 2 - Charlie Rosenberg  PTS 10  George Butch (St Louis, Missouri, USA)

1927
Feb - Rosenberg forfeits the world championship when he fails to make the weight limit for a
          defence against Bushy Graham (Graham made the weight limit and the bout went
          ahead with Rosenberg winning on points)

1928
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1929
Jun 18 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Vidal Gregario (New York City, New York, USA)
Brown had a long reign as champion

Aug 28 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Knud Larson (Copenhagen, Denmark)

1930
Feb 8 - Al Brown  DIS 4  Johnny Erickson (New York City, New York, USA)

Oct 4 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Eugene Huat (Paris, France)

1931
Feb 11 - Al Brown  PTS 10  Nick Bensa (Paris, France)

Aug 25 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Pete Sanstol (Montreal, Canada)

Oct 27 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Eugene Huat (Montreal, Canada)

1932
Jul 10 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Kid Francis (Marseille, France)

Sep 19 - Al Brown  KO 1  Spider Pladner (Toronto, Canada)

1933
Brown poses with Bernasconi before their bout

Mar 19 - Al Brown  PTS 12  Domenico Bernasconi (Milan, Italy)

Jul 3 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Johnny King (London, England)

1934
Feb 19 - Al Brown  PTS 15  Young Perez (Paris, France)

Nov 1 - Al Brown  KO 10  Young Perez (Tunis, Tunisia)

1935
Jun 1 - Baltazar Sangchilli  PTS 15  Al Brown (Valencia, Spain)

1936
Marino was from Duquesne in Pennsylvania

Jun 29 - Tony Marino  KO 14  Baltazar Sangchilli (New York City, New York, USA)

Aug 31 - Sixto Escobar  KO 13  Tony Marino (New York City, New York, USA)

Oct 13 - Sixto Escobar  KO 1  Indian Quintana (New York City, New York, USA)

1937
Feb 21 - Sixto Escobar  PTS 15  Lou Salica (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Sep 23 - Harry Jeffra  PTS 15  Sixto Escobar (New York City, New York, USA)

1938
A ticket for Jeffra’s rematch with Escobar

Feb 20 - Sixto Escobar  PTS 15  Harry Jeffra (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

1939

Escobar in training

Apr 2 - Sixto Escobar  PTS 15  “KO” Morgan (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Oct - Escobar vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

1940
Mar 4 - Lou Salica  D 15  George Pace (Toronto, Canada)

Sep 24 - Lou Salica  PTS 15  George Pace (New York City, New York, USA)

1941
Jan 13 - Lou Salica  PTS 15  Tommy Forte (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Apr 25 - Lou Salica  PTS 15  Lou Transparenti (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

Jun 16 - Lou Salica  PTS 15  Tommy Forte (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

1942
Aug 7 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 12  Lou Salica (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1943
Jan 1 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 10  Kenny Lindsay (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Jan 27 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 10  George Freitas (Oakland, California, USA)

Mar 10 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 11  Lou Salica (Oakland, California, USA)
Ortiz holds the record for most successful consecutive defences

Apr 28 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 6  Lupe Cardoza (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

May 26 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Jose Robleto (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Jul 11 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 7  Jose Robleto (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Oct 1 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 4  Leonardo Lopez (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Nov 23 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Benny Goldberg (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1944
Mar 14 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Ernesto Aguilar (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Apr 4 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Tony Olivera (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Sep 12 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 4  Luis Castillo (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Nov 14 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 9  Luis Castillo (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1945
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1946
Feb 25 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 13  Luis Castillo (San Francisco, California, USA)

May 25 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 5  Kenny Lindsay (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Jun 10 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 11  Jackie Jurich (San Francisco, California, USA)

1947
Jan 6 - Harold Dade  PTS 15  Manuel Ortiz (San Francisco, California, USA)
Dade interrupted Ortiz’s long run as champion

Mar 11 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Harold Dade (Los Angeles, California, USA)

May 30- Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  David Kiu Kong Young (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

Dec 20 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Tirso Del Rosario (Manila, Philippines)

1948
Jul 4 - Manuel Ortiz  KO 8  Memo Valero (Mexicali, Mexico)

1949
Mar 1 - Manuel Ortiz  PTS 15  Dado Marino (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

1950
May 31 - Vic Toweel  PTS 15  Manuel Ortiz (Johanessburg, South Africa)

Toweel was the first champion from South Africa

Dec 2 - Vic Toweel  KO 10  Danny O’Sullivan (Johanessburg, South Africa)

1951
Jun 16 - Vic Toweel  KO 2  Fanie Van Graan (Johanessburg, South Africa)

Nov 17 - Vic Toweel  PTS 15  Luis Romero (Johanessburg, South Africa)

1952
Jan 26 - Vic Toweel  PTS 15  Peter Keenan (Johanessburg, South Africa)

Mar 24 - Vic Toweel  KO 8  Tony Lombard (Cape Town, South Africa)

Nov 15 - Jimmy Carruthers  KO 1  Vic Toweel (Johanessburg, South Africa)

1953
Mar 21 - Jimmy Carruthers  KO 10  Vic Toweel (Johanessburg, South Africa)

Carruthers was the first champion from Australia

Nov 13 - Jimmy Carruthers  PTS 15  Pappy Gault (Sydney, Australia)

1954
May 2 - Jimmy Carruthers  PTS 12 
Chamren Songkitrat (Bangkok, Thailand)

May - Carruthers vacates the world championship and retires

Sep 19 - Robert Cohen  PTS 15 
Chamren Songkitrat (Bangkok, Thailand)

1955
Sep 3 - Robert Cohen  D 15  Willie Toweel (Johanessburg, South Africa)

1956
Jun 29 - Mario D’Agata  KO 7  Robert Cohen (Rome, Italy)

1957
Apr 1 - Alphonse Halimi  PTS 15  Mario D’Agata (Paris, France)
Halimi (left) in action against Macias

Nov 6 - Alphonse Halimi  PTS 15  Raul Macias (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1958
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1959
Jul 8 - Joe Becerra  KO 8  Alphonse Halimi (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1960
Feb 4 - Joe Becerra  KO 9  Alphonse Halimi (Los Angeles, California, USA)

May 23 - Joe Becerra  PTS 15  Kenji Yonekura (Tokyo, Japan)

Aug - Becerra vacates the world championship and retires

1961
Mar 25 - Eder Jofre  KO 9  Piero Rollo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Jofre (seen here on the left against Arias) was an outstanding champion

Aug 19 - Eder Jofre  KO 7  Ramon Arias (Caracas, Venezuela)

1962
Jan 18 - Eder Jofre  KO 10  Johnny Caldwell (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

May 4 - Eder Jofre  KO 10  Herman Marques (San Francisco, California, USA)

Sep 11 - Eder Jofre  KO 6  Jose Medel (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

1963
Jofre (standing) travelled to Japan to face Aoki

Apr 4 - Eder Jofre  KO 3  Katsutoshi Aoki (Tokyo, Japan)

May 18 - Eder Jofre  KO 12  Johnny Jamito (Quezon City, Philippines)

1964
Nov 27 - Eder Jofre  KO 7  Bernardo Caraballo (Bogota, Colombia)

1965
May 17 - Fighting Harada  PTS 15  Eder Jofre (Nagoya, Japan)

Nov 30 - Fighting Harada  PTS 15  Alan Rudkin (Tokyo, Japan)

1966
May 31 - Fighting Harada  PTS 15  Eder Jofre (Tokyo, Japan)

1967
Jan 3 - Fighting Harada  PTS 15  Jose Medel (Nagoya, Japan)

Jul 4 - Fighting Harada  PTS 15  Bernardo Caraballo (Tokyo, Japan)

1968

Rose (right) ended Harada’s reign

Feb 26 - Lionel Rose  PTS 15  Fighting Harada (Tokyo, Japan)

Jul 2 - Lionel Rose  PTS 15  Takao Sakurai (Tokyo, Japan)

Dec 6 - Lionel Rose  PTS 15  Chucho Castillo (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1969
Mar 8 - Lionel Rose  PTS 15  Alan Rudkin (Melbourne, Australia)

Aug 22 - Ruben Olivares  KO 5  Lionel Rose (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Dec 12 - Ruben Olivares  KO 2  Alan Rudkin (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1970
Apr 18 - Ruben Olivares  PTS 15  Chucho Castillo (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Oct 16 - Chucho Castillo  KO 14  Ruben Olivares (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1971
Apr 2 - Ruben Olivares  PTS 15  Chucho Castillo (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Olivares was a spectacular puncher and perhaps the most exciting of all bantamweight champions

Oct 15 - Ruben Olivares  KO 14  Kazuyoshi Kanazawa (Nagoya, Japan)

Dec 14 - Ruben Olivares  KO 11  Jesus Pimental (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1972
Mar 19 - Rafael Herrera  KO 8  Ruben Olivares (Mexico City, Mexico)

Jul 29 - Enrique Pinder  PTS 15  Rafael Herrera (Panama City, Panama)

1973
Jan 20 - Romeo Anaya  KO 3  Enrique Pinder (Mexico City, Mexico)
A poster for Anaya’s defence against Lara

Apr 28 - Romeo Anaya  PTS 15  Rogelio Lara (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Aug 18 - Romeo Anaya  KO 3  Enrique Pinder (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Nov 3 - Arnold Taylor  KO 14  Romeo Anaya (Johannesburg, South Africa)

1974
Jul 3 - Soo-Hwan Hong  PTS 15  Arnold Taylor (Durban, South Africa)

Dec 28 - Soo-Hwan Hong  PTS 15  Fernando Cabanella (Seoul, South Korea)

1975
Mar 14 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 4  Soo-Hwan Hong (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Aug 30 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 4  Thanomchit Sukhothai (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Dec 6 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 2  Socrates Batoto (Mexico City, Mexico)

1976
Apr 3 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 2  Eusebio Pedroza (Mexicali, Mexico)

Jul 10 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 3  Gilberto Illueca (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)
Zamora was a big puncher who won all his defences inside the distance

Oct 16 - Alfonso Zamora  KO 12  Soo-Hwan Hong (Inchon, South Korea)

1977
Nov 19 - Jorge Lujan  KO 10  Alfonso Zamora (Los Angeles, California, USA)

1978
Mar 18 - Jorge Lujan  KO 11  Roberto Rubaldino (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Sep 15 - Jorge Lujan  PTS 15  Alberto Davila (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

1979
Apr 8 - Jorge Lujan  KO 15  Cleo Garcia (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Oct 6 - Jorge Lujan  KO 15  Roberto Rubaldino (McAllen, Texas, USA)

1980
Apr 2 - Jorge Lujan  KO 9  Suichi Isogami (Tokyo, Japan)

Aug 29 - Julian Solis  PTS 15  Jorge Lujan (Miami, Florida, USA)

Chandler became a popular champion

Nov 14 - Jeff Chandler  KO 14  Julian Solis (Miami, Florida, USA)

1981
Jan 31 - Jeff Chandler  PTS 15  Jorge Lujan (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Apr 4 - Jeff Chandler  D 15  Eijiro Murata (Tokyo, Japan)
A poster for Chandler’s rematch with Solis

Jul 25 - Jeff Chandler  KO 7  Julian Solis (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Dec 10 - Jeff Chandler  KO 13  Eijiro Murata (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

1982
Mar 27 - Jeff Chandler  KO 6  Johnny Carter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Oct 27 - Jeff Chandler  KO 9  Miguel Iriate (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

1983
Mar 13 - Jeff Chandler  PTS 15  Gaby Canizales (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Sep 10 - Jeff Chandler  KO 10  Eijiro Murata (Tokyo, Japan)
The programme for Chandler-Muniz

Dec 17 - Jeff Chandler  KO 6  Oscar Muniz (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

1984
Apr 7 - Richard Sandoval  KO 15  Jeff Chandler (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Sep 22 - Richard Sandoval  PTS 15  Edgar Roman (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

Dec 15 - Richard Sandoval  KO 8  Cardenio Ulloa (Miami, Florida, USA)

1985
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1986
Canizales would have a short reign

Mar 10 - Gaby Canizales  KO 7  Richard Sandoval (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Jun 4 - Bernardo Pinango  PTS 15  Gaby Canizales (East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA)

Oct 4 - Bernardo Pinango  KO 10  Ciro De Leva (Turin, Italy)

Nov 22 - Bernardo Pinango  KO 15  Simon Skosana (Johannesburg, South Africa)

1987
A promotional poster for what would be Pinango’s last defence

Feb 3 - Bernardo Pinango  PTS 15  Frankie Duarte (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Mar - Pinango vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

1988
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1989
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1990
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1991
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1992
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1993
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1994
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1995
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1996
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1997
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1998
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1999
Aug 29 - Veerapol Sahaprom  KO 7  Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (Osaka, Japan)

2000
Mar 11 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Adan Vargas (Aranyaprateit, Thailand)

Jun 25 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Toshiaki Nishioka (Hyogo, Japan)

Dec 16 - Veerapol Sahaprom  KO 5  Oscar Arciniega (Bangkok, Thailand)

2001
May 14 - Veerapol Sahaprom  KO 3  Ricardo Barajas (Paris, France)

Sep 1 - Veerapol Sahaprom  D 12  Toshiaki Nishioka (Kanagawa, Japan)

2002

Sahaprom hard at work in the gym

Jan 11 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Sergio Perez (Thanyaburi, Thailand)

May 1 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Julio Coronel (Nonthaburi, Thailand)

2003
May 1 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Hugo Dianzo (Bangkok, Thailand)

Oct 4 - Veerapol Sahaprom  D 12  Toshiaki Nishioka (Tokyo, Japan)

2004
Mar 6 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Toshiaki Nishioka (Saitama, Japan)
Sahaprom was a dominant champion who made 12 successful defences

May 1 - Veerapol Sahaprom  KO 12  Julio Cesar Avila (Nong Khai, Thailand)

Sep 11 - Veerapol Sahaprom  PTS 12  Cecilio Santos (Chainart, Thailand)

2005
Apr 16 - Hozumi Hasegawa  PTS 12  Veerapol Sahaprom (Tokyo, Japan)

Sep 25 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 7  Gerardo Martinez (Kanagawa, Japan)

2006
Mar 25 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 9  Veerapol Sahaprom (Hyogo, Japan)
Hasegawa (right) in action against Garcia

Nov 13 - Hozumi Hasegawa  PTS 12  Genaro Garcia (Tokio, Japan)

2007
May 3 - Hozumi Hasegawa  PTS 12  Simpiwe Vetyeka (Tokyo, Japan)

2008
Jan 10 - Hozumi Hasegawa  PTS 12  Simone Maludrottu (Osaka, Japan)

Jun 12 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 2  Cristian Faccio (Tokyo, Japan)

Oct 16 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 2  Alejandro Valdez (Tokyo, Japan)

2009
Mar 12 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 1  Vusi Malinga (Hyogo, Japan)

Jul 14 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 1  Nestor Rocha (Hyogo, Japan)

Dec 18 - Hozumi Hasegawa  KO 4  Alvaro Perez (Hyogo, Japan)

2010



Montiel enjoying the benefits of being the new champion

Apr 30 - Fernando Montiel  KO 4  Hozumi Hasegawa (Tokyo, Japan)

Jul 17 - Fernando Montiel  KO 3  Rafael Concepcion (Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico)

2011
Feb 19 - Nonito Donaire  KO 2  Fernando Montiel (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Oct 22 - Nonito Donaire  PTS 12  Omar Narvaez (New York City, New York, USA)

Nov - Donaire vacates the world championship to campaign at featherweight

2012
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2013
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2014

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