Earlier today the Ohashi Gym Supporters Association held an event to celebrate their first anniversary.
The event, which was held in Yokohama, saw the head of the gym, Hideyuki Ohashi, as well as a number of the Ohashi Gym fighters taking part and saw a number of stories coming out of the event, including the fact the WBSS Bantamweight final will be in November and will be a double header.
We won't go into too much depth about the event but will look at a few of the main stories.
WBSS Final in November
The main story was that the WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) is going to be taking place in November. No venue was named at today's event but the suggestion is that it was going to be on an Ohashi card in Japan. Ohashi stated that his charge would be stepping up his training in August for the bout, and it does appear that more details will be announced in the near future.
WBSS Final card to be a Double Header
Mr Ohashi not only revealed that Inoue and Donaire would be in November but that the card would also feature the much anticipated WBC Bantamweight title bout between interim champion Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and regular champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12). If both Inoue's win on the card they will hold 3 of the 4 major titles at Bantamweight, though of course neither bout is a given.
Plans for Yaegashi are under-way
Former 3 weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] also has big things being planned and Ohashi revealed that they are still trying to secure Yaegashi a Super Flyweight world title bout. The full details of who and when were unclear, though it's obvious that Mr Ohashi and Yaegashi have got their eyes on one more world title fight before the veteran walks away from the sport.
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In April we saw Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] stopping Thai youngster Sahaphap Bunop (4-3, 3) in 2 rounds. Today the former 3-weight world champion was back in the ring, as he took part in a 2 round exhibition with fellow Ohashi gym fighter Katsuki Mori (3-0, 1) [森且貴].
The exhibition was put on due to Mori's original opponent for the card pulling out of the show, though left the youngster with a chance to share the ring with the popular Yaegashi. For Mori this would have been an amazing experience.
The big talking point however was what Yaegashi would go on to talk about after the exhibition, taking a microphone and hinting to fans at the Korakuen Hall that he would be wanting a rematch with Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who recently claimed the WBO Super Flyweight title. If he can't secure that bout he'd still like to pursue a potential world title fight at Super Flyweight and made it clear that that is what he has his eyes on for later in the year.
It's not clear if, or when, Yaegashi will get a Super Flyweight world title shot, but it's very clear that that is the key reason why he is continuing his career and today it seemed clear that he is actively pursuing another world title.
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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.
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