Hozumi Hasegawa, born on December 16, 1980, is a professional boxer and a former World Boxing Council (W.B.C.) bantamweight, featherweight, and super-bantamweight champion. Throughout the 2000s he received numerous most valuable player (M.V.P.) awards from the Japan Boxing Commission for his title defenses. He is also the first Japanese boxer to have defended a world-bantamweight title over four times.
December 16, 1980
Hozumi Hasegawa is a former professional boxer from Japan who competed between 1999 to 2016. He is notably the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in three weight classes, having held the W.B.C. bantamweight title from 2005 to 2010, the W.B.C. featherweight title from 2010 to 2011, and the W.B.C. super-bantamweight title in 2016. He is the first Japanese boxer to have defended a bantamweight world title four times. Hasegawa also received the Most Valuable Player awards in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009 from the Japan Boxing Commission for defending his title.
Hasegawa took up boxing because of his father. He first started in the second grade but stopped to concentrate on his studies but returned when he was 17. He went professional in 1999, losing in two of his first five outings. However, Hasegawa would go on to win his next eight bouts. This led to a match between Hasegawa and the experienced Jess Maca, but after a hard fight, Hasegawa prevailed by a close split decision. Hasegawa rose to the occasion, out-boxing the defending champion to earn his first world title by unanimous decision, ending Sahaprom’s six-year-long defense of his W.B.C. bantamweight title. One defense followed before he met Sahaprom in a rematch, Hasegawa had grown as a fighter, dispatching the Thai legend in nine rounds. In April 2010, Hasegawa met W.B.O. ruler Fernando Montiel. The defending W.B.C. belt holder took an early lead until he got caught by Montiel in the final seconds of the fourth round and was stopped. He considered retiring but decided to move to the featherweight division where he took on Juan Carlos Burgos for the vacant title.
At featherweight, Hasegawa didn’t become the force he was at bantamweight and dropped the title in his first defense against heavy-handed Jhonny Gonzalez. After four rebound wins he challenged reigning super-bantamweight champion, Kiko Martinez.
Hozumi Hasegawa makes his ringside debut.
Hasegawa wins his first world title by defeating Veeraphol Sahaprom with a unanimous decision win.
Hasegawa loses his world title to Fernando Montiel.
Hasegawa announces his retirement from professional boxing.
Why We Love Hozumi Hasegawa
He is humble
Hasegawa has never forgotten where he came from. He previously worked in a watch shop and did so even after he won his first world title.
He was an undisputable champion
In 41 fights, Hasegawa won 36 and lost only five. His legacy as a champion of the ring is indisputable.
He is giving back to the sport
Hasegawa is still involved in the sport. Today he gives back as a boxing coach.
5 Surprising Facts
He made history
Hozumi Hasegawa became the first Japanese boxer to have defended a world bantamweight title over four times.
His debut at the Chicken George
Hasegawa made his debut on November 22, 1999, at the Chicken George in Kobe, the same event that also hosted the professional debut of fellow boxer Yuki Nonaka.
Like father like son
Hasegawa's father was also a professional boxer, who fought three times before health issues ended his career.
He had a humble beginning
Surprisingly Hasegawa failed in his first pro-test bout, due to poor physical condition.
His entrance song was made for him
His entrance song was "Fighting Man" by Shinsuke Kiyokiba, who wrote it specifically for Hasegawa.
Hozumi Hasegawa FAQs
What is Hozumi Hasegawa's zodiac sign?
Hasegawa’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
How tall is Hozumi Hasegawa?
He is 66 inches.
When is Hozumi Hasegawa's next birthday?
Hasegawa was born on December 16, 1980, which was a Tuesday.
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