Former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa said he only used 5 percent of his skill in his victory in April against Mexican Felipe Felix and now has his eyes set on bigger fish.
Naming current World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez of Mexico, whom he lost his world crown to in April 2011, Hasegawa, 31, said: “I want to challenge the strongest fighter. That matters more than getting the belt.”
Hasegawa, who defended the bantamweight world crown 10 times before becoming a featherweight, is currently ranked third in the WBC rankings but has not agreed on his next bout.
“It’d be best if I could have the fight in Japan, but I would fight overseas if I have to. I want to take my time and wait,” he said.
He took a month off after beating Felix by a technical knockout two minutes and 28 seconds into the seventh round on April 6, but said: “I was only able to exert 5 percent of my skills.”
He is now back in training at the Shinsei Boxing Gym in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
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