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Tuesday, 16th September 2008
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Nashiro regains WBA super flyweight title

Japanese boxer Nobuo Nashiro has retaken the World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title from fellow countryman Kohei Kono.

Nashiro defeated his opponent on a split points decision in which American and Japanese judges scorred 115-114 in favour of Nashiro, while the third judge counted 115-114 to Kono.

Following the fight, Nashiro complimented Kono on his strength, saying it was a "tough battle", reports the AFP news agency.

Kono, who is ranked third by the WBA and has 21 wins under his belt, commented: "I was able to keep my own rhythm and I thought I won. I think I hit some good punches. I did my best, but I must accept the result."

Nashiro currently has 12 wins, including seven knock-outs. He because champion in 2006, but lost the Venezuelan fighter Alexander Munoz.

The officials were referee Pinit Prayadsab and judges John Poturaj (US), Takeshi Shimakawa and Takeo Harada (both Japan).