Ahead of this weeks WBC Flyweight title fight between Akira Yaegashi and Edgar Sosa both men under-went the usual pre-fight medical checks. These checks, as we seem to get on a fairly regular basis, showed us some interesting information in regards to the two men.
As you can see from the table above both men have very similar heights though Sosa has a huge 9cm (over 3.5 inches) in reach advantage. You can bet every penny you have that he's going to try and make the most of those long levers to keep Yaegashi on the outside. Saying that though Yaegashi has often been the "stubby" fighter through his career and will likely have a game plan to try and over-come the disadvantage.
Away from the physical measurements we've got to say, as we did in our preview of the bout, that the wear and tear on Sosa has to be a notable factor. The Mexican has fought more than twice as many rounds as Yaegashi and has participated in 103 rounds in world championship bouts. That number dwarfs the 58 rounds of world title action from Yaegashi.
It can often be hyperbole to talk about a show being a "super show" but December 6th gives us a genuine "super show" as some if Japan's most promising fighters are in action as well as a one of the countries genuine stand out world champions.
We'll start with the world championship bout which will see WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9) defending his belt for the second time as he fights against mandatory challenger Edgar Sosa (49-7, 29) of Mexico. Sosa, a former Light Flyweight champion is a well deserving challenger and should make for a very interesting contest with Yaegashi, then again every good fighter should make for a fun fight with Yaegashi.
The world title bout is one of three title bouts on the show with the other two being OPBF title bouts. The most notable of these will see the fast rising Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3) taking on Filipino Jerson Mancio (18-3-3, 9) for the vacant Light Flyweight title this will be Inoue's first attempt to claim an OPBF title whilst Mancio has come up short in the past, losing by 4th round KO to Ryo Miyazaki. If Inoue wins this bout he'll have unified the Japanese and OPBF titles and his sights will firmly be on a world title next.
The second OPBF title bout will see the hard hitting Hiroki Shiino (10-2, 9) attempting to defend his Bantamweight title for the first time as he takes on the world ranked Ryosuke Iwasa (15-1, 9). Whilst we expect Inoue to easily beat Mancio, we do need to admit that this is a much more even contest and the winner will almost certainly move on to a world title fight in the next 12-24 months.
It that trio of bouts wasn't enough to whet the appetite then it's worth noting that Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata (1-0, 1) will return to the ring for his second professional contest. Murata, seen as one of the most promising fighters in world boxing, will fight once beaten American Dave Peterson (13-1, 8). This is admittedly a let down, though if Murata stays active then there is no major issue with a bout like this.
We also expect one more bout on the card as Takuma Inoue (0-0), the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, makes his professional debut. Whilst the younger Inoue's opponent has yet to be named there is a sense of expectation surrounding him and his potential, with his aim apparently being to take a Japanese national title in just his third professional contest.
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