2004-01-03 Alexander Munoz w rsc 10 Eiji Kojima, Central Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA

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2004-01-03 Alexander Munoz w rsc 10 Eiji Kojima, Central Gym, Osaka, Japan - WBA. Referee: Roberto Ramirez. Recovering from a poor start, having been outjabbed during the opening four rounds, the champion finally found his form to drop Kojima (115) with a cracking combination in the fifth. Now in full flow, Munoz (114¾) floored Kojima twice more, in the ninth and tenth rounds, to force a stoppage at 3.03 of the tenth immediately following the third knockdown.

On 16 May, at the Memorial Centre, Gifu, Japan, Martin Castillo won the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title when stopping Hideyasu Ishihara in the 11th round, and would go on to meet Munoz.