Earlier today the Ohashi gym held a low key card in the City Sogo Gym. The card may not have featured the biggest names at the gym in action, but it did feature a trio talking to the fans in the arena, and discussing their future.
One of those talking to the fans was 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] who spoke about finally breaking into the Japanese domestic rankings and seemed to suggest that he was wanting more support going forward. It seems likely Shimizu will get a title fight soon, potentially at the end of 2017 or in early 2018. Although he didn't talk about potential title fights, it is clear that he's feeling comfortable with his development and those fights will come soon.
Former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13) [八重樫 東] spoke about being back in training and admitted his disappointment at losing to Milan Melindo earlier this year. Although he was stopped in a round he admitted there was no notable damage and that he was fine. As for his ring return, things are unclear and he asked fans to be patient in regards to his decision to continue, or retire.
Also talking to fans was Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] who spoke about his upcoming US debut, on September 9th, and seemed really excitied about the show which he will feature on along side a number of other top Super Flyweights. It seems really obvious that making his US debut is something he's been wanting to do for a while and he looked happy to have finally had a date set for it.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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