OSAKA, Japan (AP) _ Thailand's Veeraphol Nakonluang-Promotion stopped Japan's Joichiro Tatsuyoshi at 2:52 of the sixth round to capture the WBC bantamweight title Tuesday night.

Veeraphol floored Tatsuyoshi twice in the sixth round, the second with a right to the jaw following a series of smashing blows. Tatsuyoshi fell backward and was down for about a minute.

Veeraphol, 30, improved to 21-1 with his 15th knockout. Tatsuyoshi, making the third defense of the title he won from Thailand's Sirimongkol Nakornthorn-Parkview in November 1997, dropped to 17-5-1.

Both fighters weighed in at 118 pounds.