2000-06-11 Takanori Hatakeyama w rsc 8 Gilberto Serrano, Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
2000-06-11 Takanori Hatakeyama w rsc 8 Gilberto Serrano, Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: Armando Garcia. Although the upright champion started well behind the left jab and went on to dominate the next three rounds it was already noticeable that he was getting caught by overarm rights he should have avoided. It was in the fifth that Hatakeyama (135) picked up momentum when he dropped Serrano (135) with a cracking right uppercut and despite the latter coming back reasonably well he was floored again in the seventh, this time by a right cross. It was now just a matter of time and when Hatakeyama put Serrano down three times in the eighth the three-knockdowns in a round ruling saw the fight being stopped on the 2.30 mark.
[Category: 2000 Lightweight Title Contests]]