Earlier today Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] made his first defence of the IBF Light Flyweight title as he over-came Mexican puncher Martin Tecuapetla (13-7-3, 10) with a split decision win.
Following the bout Yaegashi gave comments to the Japanese media and suggested, in Japanese, that "something went wrong". He didn't seem sure of what it was, but seemed intent to fix it for his next bout, which could potentially be a rematch with Tecuapetla.
A typically swollen looking Yaegashi had clearly been through a hard bout with Tecuapetla, who had been training at altitude to improve his stamina, and although Yaegashi did come out on top there was clearly something wrong early in the bout. There was stages where he looked very flat footed, slow, and sluggish. Following the slow start he did find some rhythm to his work, but didn't look like the fighter who looked sensational last time out when he defeated Javier Mendoza. Whilst that could be put down, in part, to Tecuapelta's aggressiveness and energy it doesn't fully explain why Yaegashi lacked his typical zip.
He'll be looking to return later this year and will be hoping to fix whatever was missing here. First however will be a long rest to allow the swelling to go down.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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