WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9) has said that he is ignoring the threat of unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez (38-0, 32), at least for the moment so that he can concentrate on his own fight, a bout with Mexico's Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8).
At an open work out earlier today Yaegashi made it clear that his focus is entirely on the opponent he is facing next and not the super clash that is likely to happen later this year. Of course whilst many may jump on Yaegashi for such a comment it's obvious that he's preparing to fight his next opponent rather than over look him and possibly fall short in a bout he is expected to win with ease.
Over the years we have seen fighters lose in supposed tune up fights, Zab Judah's loss to Carlos Baldomir being a really notable example, and Yaegashi will be wanting to make sure the same fate doesn't strike him here. Something that was also backed up by Ohashi gym chairman Hideyuki Ohashi who commented that "looking ahead too much is not good".
The open session didn't just see Yaegashi talking about his fight with Zaleta but also saw him work out by hitting the mitts and sparring 3 rounds with Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka (19-2-1, 5) who is, himself, preparing for a fight on April 10th.
On the same card as Yaegashi's bout with Zaleta we will also see Roman Gonzalez in action as the Nicaraguan destroyer faces Filipino Juan Purisima (11-4-1, 4). That bout should be a walk over for the talented Gonzalez who will be hoping to impress the Japanese audience ahead of the proposed Yaegashi bout, which should take place later this year if both men are victorious.
(Photo courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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