2002-07-29 Noel Arambulet w pts 12 Keitaro Hoshino, The Pacifico Convention Hall, Yokohama, Japan - WBA
29 July Nohel Arambulet w pts 12 Keitaro Hoshino, The Pacifico Convention Hall, Yokohama, Japan - WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 112-109, 111-107, 114-114. Using hit-and-run tactics, the former champion, Arambulet (105), moved out in front and despite Hoshino (105) regaining some of the initiative in the sixth he generally kept up the good work. In the latter stages, although the challenger was deducted a point in the 12th round for a low blow and Hoshino showed more aggression nobody complained when the title changed hands.