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Poonsawat is big in Japan Belshaw given chance Taylor out of Super Six Pacquiao to defend Braehmer locked up

SO HAPPY was Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym about defending his WBA super-bantamweight title in Japan last Sunday that he is keen to return.

The Thai, making the first defence of the belt he took from Bernard Dunne in Dublin last September, won a majority decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi Hosono in Tokyo.

"I'm proud that I defended the title in a foreign country. Hosono is a big fighter, so I'm satisfied with a decision victory," said Poonsawat.

"If the WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasagawa wants to challenge me, I'm ready to fight him."

Belshaw given chance

PROMOTER Frank Maloney is giving Antrim heavyweight Scott Belshaw a chance to get back into British title contention by matching him with Larry Olubamiwo at Brentwood in Essex next Friday.

"Belshaw has his critics, but he can hit," said Maloney. "I promoted him early on and had real high hopes, but our relationship never really worked out.

"He has lost a couple recently, but they were against Tyson Fury and Audley Harrison. This is his big chance to show me I was wrong to give him back his contract."

Taylor out of Super Six

JERMAIN Taylor has pulled out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic after his heavy defeat by Arthur Abraham last October.

He was due to fight fellow American Andre Ward in April.

Taylor, who was also knocked out by Carl Froch earlier last year, said he made his decision after consulting with his family, trainers and manager. He plans to return to boxing at some point.

Pacquiao to defend

MANNY Pacquiao, whose proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr fell through in a dispute over blood tests, will defend his WBO welterweight title against Ghana's Joshua Clottey in Dallas, Texas, on March 13.

Mayweather will box on the same date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but promoter Richard Shaefer dismissed a rumour that his opponent would be Matthew Hatton, Ricky's younger brother.

Braehmer locked up

WBO light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer has been jailed for 16 months for an assault in a bar.

The German, who won the vacant title by outpointing Dmitry Sukhotsky last month, will appeal the court verdict.