Earlier today members of the Japanese boxing press were able to see a training session featuring IBF Light Flyweight world champion Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] who is working towards the first defense of his title.
The exciting Ohashi gym warrior was there with trainer Koji Matsumoto and manager Hideyuki Ohashi, with Ohashi talking about the plans for Yaegashi's next bout.
At the moment there is not set date or opponent but the plan is to get the champion into the ring in May, in Japan. They are hoping to get him in a unification bout with either WBC champion Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3) or WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10), though a rematch with former champion Javier Mendoza was mentioned as another possible option.
It was also mentioned that after the May bout Yaegashi may look towards becoming a 4-weight world champion, though the reality is that 115lb fighters are likely to be too big for the gutsy warrior.
Although many, including ourselves, thought that Yaegashi's career was coming to an end it seems that working with a personal trainer, along with his boxing trainer, has has given Yaegashi's career a breath of new life and he seemed very confident and in great condition ahead of today's training session.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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