2004-03-06 Oscar Larios w pts 12 Shigeru Nakazato, Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - WBC
2004-03-06 Oscar Larios w pts 12 Shigeru Nakazato, Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - WBC. Referee: Richie Davies. Scorecards: 118-109, 120-107, 116-112. Having suffered a broken jaw against Nakazato (121½) in an earlier defence, Larios (122), starting fast with the jab, was soon firing in left-right combinations that quickly piled up the points. In the fifth, however, Nakazato got himself into the fight with a series of solid left hooks, one of which opened a cut over Larios’ left eye. Fighting back furiously the champion battered Nakazato from the sixth through to the ninth, but unable to force a stoppage he ultimately had to settle for the points win.