NISHIOKA WINS FIRST DEFENCE

YOKOHAMA - Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan beat Genaro Garcia of Mexico on a technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday to retain his WBC super bantamweight interim title.

YOKOHAMA - Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan beat Genaro Garcia of Mexico on a technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday to retain his WBC super bantamweight interim title.

It was Nishioka's first successful defence of the belt he won against Napapol Kiatisakchokchai of Thailand last September.

"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. - Sapa-AP

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