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…