Popular Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi (21-5, 11) kicked off his Super Flyweight campaign earlier today with an eye catching and sensational knockout that left Songseanglek Phosuwangym (18-12, 5)* flat on his back.
The fight started slowly though it was very clear that the men were in different leagues to each other with Yaegashi looking for counter opportunities and openings. Those openings came regularly with a notable one at the end of the opening round which saw Yaegashi connect with a brilliant right hand that dropped Songsaenglek hard.
To the Thai's credit he got up from the knockdown and was saved by the bell. In the second round however he was less fortunate as Yaegashi landed and counter right hand that flattened the Thai and forced the referee to immediately wave off the bout.
On paper it was a mismatch and proved to be one, however it was a match made to get Yaegashi a win, following back-to-back losses to Roman Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara, and also to see how his body carries the 115lbs of a Super Flyweight. It served both purposes with Yaegashi getting his win in sensational fashion and looking like he carries the weight well. He's a long way from being ready for a world title fight at Super Flyweight but this was clearly the first step of a potentially long rebuilding process for the very popular former world champion.
(Image courtesy of Sho Horiuchi/Daily.co.jp)
*Record is from the Japanese media, Boxrec list him as 1-12 though are well known for having incomplete records of Thai's
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