Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see the hugely popular former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] score his latest win, stopping Thai youngster Sahaphap Bunop (4-3, 3) in 2 rounds.
The 36 year old Yaegashi, who is looking to secure himself a Super Flyweight world title fight, got behind his jab early on and controlled the distance well in the opening round. In the second round he dropped the Thai with a right hand and whilst the Thai did get up he wasn't up for long, being dropped twice more more, before being stopped at 2:25 of round 2.
The rumour from Japan is that Yaegashi will be targeting either between Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13) [井岡一翔], if he over-comes Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) and claims the WBO Super Flyweight title in June, or WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], who Yaegashi does hold a win against. He would likely be the clear under-dog against either, but few can begrudge him one last big fight, even if few would would give him a chance of winning.
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Tomorrow fans in Tokyo will be able to see former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東] battle against Sahaphap Bunop (4-2, 3) at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout is being described as a world title prelude for Yaegashi, who is hoping to get a shot at a Super Flyweight title later in the year.
Today the two men took part in their weight in, and both Yaegashi and Bunop made weight, coming in well under the Super Flyweight limit.
On the scales Yaegashi, who has won world titles at Minimumweight, Light Flyweight and Flyweight, came in at 114.2lbs whilst the Thai, fighting in Japan for the third time, was 113.75lbs.
At the moment it's unclear which title Yaegashi and his team would be angling for, though it is notable that he is so determined to get another world title fight after his long, and very damaging, career.
Sadly a match up between Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] and unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5) has been cancelled, with the Thai being unable to get to Japan for the fight.
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Earlier today we were informed of two notable Japanese fighters having their next opponents named for shows in April.
The more notable of the Japanese fighters here was former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東] who will return to action on April 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The very popular Yaegashi was last seen in the ring last year, scoring a sensational win over Hirofumi Mukai in one of the Japanese fights of the year. He won't be expected to dig so deep for his upcoming bout, with opponent named as 23 year old Thai fighter Sahaphap Bunop (4-2, 3), who has lost both bouts that he has had outside of Thailand, being stopped in 2 rounds by Takahiro Yamamoto and Hayate Kaji.
The other fighter in question is Japanese #2 ranked Light Middleweight Koki Koshikawa (8-1, 5) [越川孝紀], who will be fighting on on April 12th. His opponent is also a disappointing one, with his foe being Indonesian Yosmar Kefi (9-9, 8), who has been stopped in all 3 previous bouts in Japan including an opening round TKO loss to Shinya Iwabuchi at Lightweight way back in 2010.
Whilst neither of these opponents are great it's likely that both of the Japanese fighters will have bigger tests later in the year, and Yaegashi is talk about fighting for a Super Flyweight world title later in the year.
Earlier today we were informed that Ohashi would be putting on their next show on April 8th at the Korakuen Hall. The full hasn't been announced, but plenty of details from the show have been revealed, including the names of many fighters from the card.
The headline attraction is former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (27-6, 15) [八重樫 東], who will be fighting for the first time since his 2018 war with Hirofumi Mukai. At the moment Yaegashi's opponent hasn't been announced for the contest, though it's not expected to be anyone too testing for the hugely popular warrior.
The most exciting bout that has been confirmed for the show will see Andy Hiraoka (13-0, 9) [平岡アンディ] take on unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (12-0, 5), in a really fantastic bout. It's rare we see two unbeaten fighters fighting at this point in their careers, with both heading towards bigger fights, so to see both taking this type of risk is fantastic, and something to get really excited about.
Another bout confirmed for the show will see former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-6-1, 13) [岡田誠一] take on Nakagawa Kanehiro (6-6, 4) [中川兼玄]. Okada has won his last 4 bouts coming into this, and will be looking to continue his good run of form.
Looking to bounce back from recent defeats will be former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-3, 19) [松本亮] and the once touted Sho Nakazawa (11-3, 5) [中澤奨], who both suffered stoppage losses late last year. Neither man has had their opponent named, but neither is expected to be up against anyone too testing, given their recent stoppage losses.
One other fighter on this card is fast tracked prospect Taku Kuwahara (3-0, 2) [桑原拓], who will be in his second 8 round bout. He also lacks an opponent, though could end up against someone of some note given how Ohashi seem to view him as a very special talent.
Full bouts are expected to be announced by the middle of March, though it's nice to see that the card already has some notable names on it, and the excellent Hiraoka Vs Atchariya bout.
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