Fighter of the Year contender Naoya Inoue will get a chance at a third big win in 2014 when he steps up two divisions to face long-time WBO junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Japan.
Newly crowned RING/WBC flyweight champ Roman Gonzalez spoke to RingTV.com about winning his third world title in a third weight class, his first flyweight title defense and his plan to visit his mentor Alexis Arguello’s grave to make a special presentation.
Fans from around the globe share their thoughts on Roman Gonzalez’s RING flyweight title-winning stoppage of Akira Yaegashi, Juan Estrada’s dominant TKO of Giovani Segura, Carl Frampton’s IBF 122-pound title winning decision over Kiko Martinez, mythical matchups, and much more in this week’s Monday mailbag.
Fans from around the world share their thoughts on the weekend’s two anticipated flyweight championships, Akira Yaegashi vs. Roman Gonzalez and Juan Estrada vs. Giovani Segura, plus the Kiko Martinez-Carl Frampton rematch and Showtime’s tripleheader in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
From Sept. 5-10 all five world flyweight titles – THE RING championship and the four major sanctioning bodies – will be on the line in three excellent matchups. In honor of the often over-looked division, Lee Groves presents 10 of the most notable 112-pound championships of all time.
RING and WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi vs. Roman Gonzalez could be on the horizon after their respective opponents, Odilon Zaleta and Juan Purisma, fell last night in Tokyo.
In the often-overlooked lighter weight classes, Roman Gonzalez has forged a path of dominance over the 105- and 108-pound divisions, and is now aiming to do the same at flyweight. He’ll face Juan Purisma on Sunday in Japan, with the goal of fighting RING and WBC champion Akira Yaegashi next.
Japan hosts two world title doubleheaders in April. On April 6, RING flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi and WBC 108-pound titleholder Adrian Hernanez co-headline; and on April 23, WBC bantamweight king Shinsuke Yamanaka and IBF 122-pound boss Kiko Martinez share the bill.
RING and WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi made the second successful defense of his title Friday night in Tokyo, defeating streaking former titleholder Edgar Sosa by unanimous decision, while countrymen Ryota Murata, Naoya Inoue and Ryosuke Iwasa all notched stoppages on the same card.
Edgar Sosa is having the best year of his 13-year pro career. The former 108-pound beltholder stopped rival Ulises Solis in March and outpointed Giovani Segura in May. Sosa, who challenges RING/WBC flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi on Friday in Tokyo, spoke with RingTV.com about his stellar 2013 and his accomplished career.
RING flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi’s unanimous decision win over Oscar Blanquet, and bantamweight Shinsuke Yamanaka’s first-round knockout of Jose Nieves in Tokyo. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
Akira Yaegashi defeated incumbent RING flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi by unanimous decision at the Ryoguko Kokugikan in Tokyo on Monday. In the co-featured bout, WBC bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka scored a 12th-round stoppage of Malcolm Tunacao.
The April 8 card in Tokyo is stacked with talent, including RING flyweight champ Toshiyuki Igarashi vs. No. 7 strawweight Akira Yaegashi…