Very few Japanese fighters are as popular as 2-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (21-5, 11). The Ohashi gym fighter might not be one of the top fighters in Japan but he is an immensely popular fighter with both the fans and fellow fighters. His popularity, in many ways, actually over-states his record and achievements as a fighter though it's well deserved popularity due to his style in the ring and the action and excitement he has provided over the years.
Later today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Yaegashi battle Indonesian visitor Said M Said (2-2, 1) in a real mismatch. The bout isn't there for Yaegashi to test himself against a fighter coming to win, instead it's about preparation, confidence and under-standing his body.
The intention is for Said to act as a tune up for Yaegashi who is hoping to get another world title fight by the end of the year. A big question however is the question of weight.
Yaegashi, who has won titles at Minimumweight and Flyweight, will be fighting at Flyweight tomorrow though has claimed that he can make Light Flyweight, if an opportunity arises there, and would go up to Super Flyweight if an opportunity could be found there. By the sounds of it he is looking to keep his options open though has seemingly mentioned a rematch with Pedro Guevara and a possible all-Japanese bout with Ryoichi Taguchi, we also know that he has an interest in a rematch with Kazuto Ioka,however that bout won't happen this year. We'll admit however that we'd love to see him in with Javier Mendoza in what would be a sure fire FOTY candidate.
Of course whilst Yaegashi wants another title fight it's not a given he'll get one, and he'll certainly need a win later today if he's to get a shot at a belt.
(Image courtesy of Yaegashi's blog)
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