Earlier today at the Ohashi gym former 2-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10) got in the ring in front of the cameras and the public earlier today as he took part in a public practice session ahead of his May 1st bout with Thailand's Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-11)*.
The session saw Yaegashi sparring with fellow Ohashi gym member Ryuji Hara (18-1, 10), who will next be in the ring on May 31st against Petchnamchai Sor Sakulwong (1-2, 1), for 3 rounds and he certainly looked sharp and light on his toes.
From we understand this session came a few days after a private sparring session with WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8), which went on for 5 rounds. It seems that with the high level of sparring Yaegashi is getting back into the swing of things and will look great against his over-matched Thai opponent.
Sadly however it really is a must win for the popular "Fierce Warrior" who has lost his last two bouts by stoppage. The first of those came at Flyweight, where he was mowed down by Roman Gonzalez whilst the second saw Yaegashi dropping to Light Flyweight and being stopped by the very talented Pedro Guevara. For this fight he'll be fighting at Super Flyweight, making his debut at the weight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
*Songsaenglek's boxrec is believed to be incomplete and missing a number of wins
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