Rocha challenges Hasegawa July 14
Bantamweight prospect Nestor Rocha will challenge THE RING's No.1-rated 118-pound contender Hozumi Hasegawa for the Japanese southpaw's WBC title at World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan on Tuesday, July 14.
Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs) is known for his stiff jab, good lateral movement and a devastating body attack. The 26-year-old boxer from Montebello, Calif. is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
“Nestor is ready for this title fight and we're all expecting him to return to California with the belt around his waist,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Hasegawa is a tough and respected champion, but Rocha is young, hungry and more prepared than ever to take the title. This is his time and he'll show that on July 14th.”
Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), a 28-year-old veteran from Nishiwaki, Japan, solidified his position as the world's best bantamweight with two victories over Thai legend Veeraphol Sahaprom, and impressive wins over top-10 contenders Genaro Garcia, Simpiwe Vetyeka, and Vusi Malinga.
Rocha is currently on a four-fight win streak that includes Mexican Olympian Cesar Morales, and experienced vets Jose Angel Beranza and Oscar “Pajarito” Andrade.
Rocha is no stranger to Japan, having fought there three times.
“I've worked hard to make this happen and I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Rocha who arrived in Japan on July 6.