This bout, from way back in 2007, was Yaegashi's 7th professional contest and saw him in his first world title bout taking on the very talented Eagle Den, a fighter who at the time was making the 4th defence of his second reign as he WBC Minimumweight champion. Unfortunately it was too much too soon for Yaegashi who fought much of the bout with a jaw injury, relying on his toughness and heart to see out the distance.
Although this was Yaegashi's first loss it didn't stop him from rising through the ranks and later becoming a 2-weight world champion and one of the leading figures in Japanese boxing. It was, considering the situation, a brave and gutsy performance and one that would signify the toughness of Yaegashi, the same toughness that he will need to over-come Gonzalez when the two men meet on September 5th.
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