Yesterday we saw a major end of year card from Japanese promotional outfit Ohashi. Today saw Ohashi hosting a press conference featuring a trio of their fighters, who were on that show.
The men in question were WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] and 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡].
Ath the press conference all 3 men spoke about their future and what they are looking to do next.
Inoue, who scored a sensational 6th round TKO win over former champion Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平] announce that he didn't suffer any injuries during yesterday's fight, a relief for fans of his, and that he was looking towards his next fight. He was pleased by his performance and will continue to pursue a fight with Roman Gonzalez, though it seems he's targetting it for the end of the year after both men have gotten their next bouts out of the way, with Inoue likely to return in the Spring. At the moment no opponent has been named but it'll likely be a top contender and will take part live on Fuji TV as part of the Golden Week.
Yaegashi is another man expected to return in Spring, following yesterday's win over Samartlek Kokietgym (31-6, 11) [สามารถเล็ก ปูนอินทรียิม]. He knows his next opponent will be Filipino Milan Melindo (35-2, 12) in a mandatory title fight though it's yet to be announced whether that bout will take place in Japan, potentially on the Inoue Vs TBA card, or in the Philippines on an ALA promoted card.
Shimizu stated that his hopes for 2017 would be to fight for titles and there is a good chance he'll be doing that either domestically or regionally, with bouts for either the Japanese, OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific titles all being real possibilities. There's a chance that Shimizu won't be fighting for a title next time out, in Spring, but probably will before the end of 2017.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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