Earlier today we were informed that Japanese world champion Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] had been preparing for his upcoming bout, against Martin Tecuapetla (13-6, 10) on May 8th, by sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (26-4, 13) [粉川 拓也].
Yaegashi, the IBF Light Flyweight champion, will be making the first defense of his title in about 5 weeks time and it seems clear that he's picked Kogawa to spar with for Kogawa's toughness and style as well as his ability, with Kogawa being a genuine "fringe" world level fighter himself. For Kogawa the sparring will also help him prepare with the Miyata man expecting to get another world title fight of his own in the near future.
Of course this isn't the first time these two men have sparred together, nor is it the first time Kogawa has sparred with top fighters at the Ohashi gym, though it is good to see these two sparring and it's clear that they will bring the best out of each other ahead of what could be a huge year for both men.
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