①Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. ②Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. ③Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. ④Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. ⑤The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth.