Guzman outguns Wake to win IBF super bantamweight title

20/07/2016 16:40

Unbeaten big puncher Jonathan Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) scored a 11th round stoppage over Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs) to win the vacant IBF super bantamweight title on Wednesday at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.

Guzman, of the Dominican Republic, floored the home fighter twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, and dropped him again in the third and fifth.

Wake battled on, but he was taking a beating and his right eye was swollen shut by the time referee Wayne Hedgpeth waved the fight off at 2:16 of the 11th.

Guzman claimed the 122-pound title vacated by Northern Ireland's Carl Frampton, who is moving up in weight to challenge WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz on July 30.

Also on the card, WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs) knocked out Nicaraguan challenger Keyvin Lara (18-2-1, 6 KOs) in the 11th round.

Japan's Ioka, who retained his belt for the third time, scored two knockdowns before Lara was counted out at 1:11 of the 11th.