Having recently broken the news that Akira Yaegashi, the current WBC Flyweight champion, would be defending his belt against Roman Gonzalez we've began going through some of his fights. Amongst them was his OPBF title defence against Thailand's Liempetch Sor Veerapol from September 18th 2006.
Yaegashi had claimed the OPBF title just over 5 months earlier in his 5th professional contest and here he was facing another novice in Liempetch who boasted a 4-1 record. Despite both men being inexperienced they were still in completely difference classes and it showed with Yaegashi doing a real number on the Thai who was dropped 3 times in the opening round thus forcing the referee to stop the bout.
Whilst he isn't known for his power shots Yaegashi seemed to hurt the Thai regularly and he never let him recover really sticking it too him in a bout that demonstrated the early attacking mentality of Yaegashi. Although he has improved markedly from this fight, with experience helping him to become a 2-weight world champion, it's still interesting to see how a young Yaegashi was in his early fights and how he has developed in to one of the sports true warriors despite his numerous technical limitations.
(video courtesy of BoxeoAmadeo)
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