Earlier today the Ohashi gym held a public work out and press conference to announce that former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13) [八重樫 東] was set to continue his career, and has his eyes on major honours.
Yaegashi was last seen in the ring in May, being stopped inside a round by Milan Melindo and losing the IBF Light Flyweight title. That contest prompted fans to suggest that Yaegashi, one of the bravest warriors in recent years, was shot and should retire. The fighter himself however has been training and recent took part in some sessions that convinced Hideyuki Ohashi to let him continue his career.
At today's event at the Ohashi gym it was revealed that Yaegashi would be targetting a 4th world title, with the fighting aiming to move up to the talent laden Super Flyweight division. It's a risky move but one that Yaegashi and his team believe he can do, and if he's successful he would become the first 4-weight Japanese world champion.
It should be noted that Yaegashi's return to the ring hasn't yet been announced, though it's expected to come towards the end of 2017. It should also be noted that Yaegashi holds a win over current WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], with Yaegashi stopping Srisaket in the Thai's debut all the way back in 2009.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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