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 ...

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