Yesterday we broke the news, to western boxing fans, that the long awaited bout between Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10) and Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33) had been formally announced to take place on September 5th. The WBC Flyweight title bout looks to be a clear super fight but Hideyuki Ohashi has of course refused to just give us one notable bout and appears to be formulating a very impressive super card.
At the same time that the Gonzalez/Yaegashi fight was announced Ohashi also announced that his young star Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) would be defending his WBC Light Flyweight title against Samartlek Kokietgym (16-4, 5). We've since learned from the blog of Naoya Inoue that this is almost certainly his last fight at 108lbs before moving up to Flyweight in an attempt to become a 2-weight world champion.
We had assumed at the time that Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue (2-0) would be added to the show, possibly in a national title fight against Yu Kimura (14-2-1, 2). It seems we're at least half right with Ohashi hinting on twitter that Inoue would be on the show alongside fellow prospect Ryo Matsumoto (11-0, 9) who successfully beat Indonesia's Zun Rindam in 90 seconds yesterday!
At the moment no opponents are set for Takuma Inoue or Ryo Matsumoto but it's great to see them being included on the show.
One fighter who we will be assuming won't be on the show is Ohashi Gym stable mate and current WBA female Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (17-5-1, 2) who has had a recent announcement about her next bout this morning as well. We'll be bringing you details of that shortly.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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