Yesterday Japanese fans had a treat as they saw two of their fighters winning in world title bouts. The bouts may have been very different, with Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) needing to go through a 12 round war with Javier Mendoza whilst Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) blew away Warlito Parrenas without taking a punch of note, but both saw the home fighter winning in style.
First thing this morning both fighters, along with their manage Hideyuki Ohashi and trainers, Koji Matsumoto and Shingo Inoue, attended a press conference to speak about their wins and their future plans.
It was revealed at that press conference that Mr Ohashi is trying to put together a double world title show for early May in Japan. The show, which is pencilled in for May 4th, would be the first bout of the year for both men and would see them against featuring together, as hey have done through out Inoue's career.
Mr Ohashi also stated that after that bout is out of the way the intention was to take Inoue over to the US for his second bout of the year.
Incidentally Omar Andres Narvaez was mentioned as being the possible foe for the first bout, though no deal has yet been finalised between the two camps. That, again, suggests that Inoue is staying at Super Flyweight for the foreseeable future, contrary to a rumour mentioned by British promoter Frank Warren.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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