Yesterday we saw Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) suffer his first stoppage defeat at the hands of the sensational Roman Gonzalez (40-0, 34). That bout saw Yaegashi enthral fans with his heart and style though unfortunately saw him losing his WBC Flyweight title.
After the fight it seemed that Yaegashi was almost set to announce his retirement, though thankfully he didn't instead he said thank you to the fans and gave his utmost respect.
At the post fight press conference Yaegashi didn't make any solid comment on his future though it was suggested that he could drop a division and compete at Light Flyweight in an attempt to become a 3-weight world champion.
Although Yaegashi lost it's clear that he has all the traits of a fan favourite and when you're in so many great fights fans will forgive losses, especially to fighters as talented as Roman Gonzalez.
With stablemate Naoya Inoue set to vacate the WBC Light Flyweight title and move to the Flyweight division there is a clear opening towards a belt at 108lbs though whether Yaegashi will go straight in to a title fight is yet to be determined. One thing we aren't expecting though is for Yaegashi to move up to Super Flyweight as we do feel he is too small and too light hitting to be competitive at 115lbs.
(Image courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp)
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