2002-12-20 Noel Arambulet w pts 12 Keitaro Hoshino, Castle Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan - WBA
20 December Nohel Arambulet w pts 12 Keitaro Hoshino, Castle Sports Centre, Osaka, Japan - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 115-115. Although he made an aggressive start, landing the better shots, for whatever reason Hoshino (104¼) went into a shell from the seventh round and allowed himself to be bustled out of it by Arambulet (104¾). Despite the champion producing the greater quantity of punches, many of them were not delivered correctly and his margin of victory was not that great.