Earlier today Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] successfully defended the IBF Light Flyweight title, winning a split decision against aggressive Mexican puncher Martin Tecuapetla (13-7-3, 10).
The bout was one of the best bouts of the year and saw both men engage in a war that simple got better as it went on, with rounds 9, 10, 11 and 12 being completely enthralling.
Following the bout Tecuapetla gave comments to the media suggesting that he was unhappy with the scoring wanted an immediate rematch, suggesting he'd fight Yaegashi again tomorrow.
Tecuapetla stated that he thought he'd won and would be making a complaint abiout the scoring. He stated that his face undamaged, unlike that of Yaegashi who was showing his now familiar facial swelling.
Whilst it's clear that we won't see a rematch tomorrow we wouldn't mind seeing the two men go at it again later in the year as it really was a great bout and really should put Tecuapetla on the world map, despite his less than stellar record. For Yaegashi the bout was his first defense of the title though it's clear that he's the fighter that he once was and the wars have caught up with him.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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