Over the last day or two the training for Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10) has been stepped ahead of his upcoming WBC Flyweight title defence against the unbeaten Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33).
Part of the training has been physical, of course it has, and Yaegashi has been sparring and training with some very talented fighters such as Inoue Takuma, Suguru Muranaka and Ryuji Hara. But other parts of the training have been less physical and more focused on what it's like to share a ring with the great "Chocolatito".
Yaegashi has been able to find out a lot about Gonzalez through fellow Japanese fighter Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10). Takayama, the current IBF Minimumweight champion, fought with Gonzalez back in 2009 and suffered a clear loss to the Nicaraguan. Takayama, who is still training at the Ohashi gym, would have been able to add to the information that Yaegashi has got from watching Gonzalez and from his own training, Hiroshi Matsumoto, who also fought Gonzalez.
At the moment Yaegashi will know he's up against the most fearsome foe he has ever faced and whilst Matsumoto and Takayama were both beaten by the Nicaraguan any help Yaegashi can help and advice on Gonzalez will likely be taken on board
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