Earlier today at an Ohashi Boxing Gym press conference it was announced that WBC Light Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) and Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) would resume full training shortly.
As well as the announcement regarding training their was also comments made regarding the future of both men.
For Yaegashi the strong indication is that he will be moving to Light Flyweight if, and only if, he can make the weight comfortably. The suspicion is that he can make 108lbs with out too many issues though recent history is littered with fighters failing when they move down the weights, such as Hozumi Hasegawa who failed when he attempted to become a Super Bantamweight champion earlier this year. It's likely that Yaegashi will drop the 4lbs in an attempt to become a 3 weight world champion, a target that many active Japanese fighters seem to have.
For Yaegashi his next fight will the follow up to his loss to Roman Gonzalez, a bout that some are describing as the leading FOTY contender for 2014.
As for Inoue the the future is at a new weight class though which division hasn't yet been confirmed. The obvious choice is, of course, Flyweight though appears that Inoue may skip Flyweight completely due weight issues. If he does that then the chances are he will skip straight through to 115lbs lbs. As for future opponents Inoue has been linked to a fight with WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono as well IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Sadly it appears that although Inoue is in the hunt for big fights we won't see him in with Kono, at least not next time out, as the offer was declined to the situation regarding Kono's mandatory defense.
For Inoue his next bout will be hies first since taking an 11th round TKO win over Samartlek Kokietgym. For that bout he had to lose a lot of weight and he has claimed that it was the painful weight-loss that had forced him to go up the weights for his next fight. If it is an immediate world title about, at either 112 or 115, he could become the fastest 2-weight world champion in history.
Although neither man has had a date, venue or opponent announced for their next bout we've got to admit we're excited and hope that they will in the ring again before the year is out. It wasn't technically announced but it was certainly implied that both could, and probably will, be back in action in again before the end of 2014.
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