Typically exhibition bouts are done to help the fighters earn a little bit of extra money whilst also allowing them to keep sharp and in good fitness. They have become rarer in the west in recent years but they do still happen in various parts of the world, including Japan.
One of the most notable recent exhibitions was at the recent "Fan Appreciation Day" as Ohashi gym stable mates Akira Yaegashi, the reigning WBC Flyweight champion, and Naoya Inoue, the current WBC Light Flyweight champion, put on an exhibition that was more entertaining than some recent world title bouts.
The two men, who have sparred numerous times in the past, made sure to put on a show for the fans who showed their appreciation of the two men who ended the bout by just unloading on each other. If you've not seen this before it's something else and shows the mentality of both men as well as their gym chairman Hideyuki Ohashi who will have loved watching his two male world champions putting on a true exhibition. Enjoy!
(Video courtesy of Gentidori)
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