World Championship Boxing
Home wins for Japanese fighters Inoue & Yaegashi
Japan got it’s ninth World Champion at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo where Akira Yaegashi came back from two knockout losses at Strawweight to step up to light flyweight and outbox Mexican Champion Javier Mendoza. Yaegashi was in control early on cutting the champion and using his speed advantage to full effect. Mendoza’s best round was in round 11 where he landed some clean shots but he needed the knockout by then and failed to get it. The challenger won a comfortable unanimous points decision to become the new IBF Light Flyweight Champion.
Earlier inexperienced but hugely talented rising star Naoye Inoue shrugged off a year of ring rust and showed no signs of problems with his hands that had kept him out of the ring. He defended his WBO Super Flyweight title with a second round TKO against Warrito Parrenas of the Philippeans. Inoue landed a series of blows and while Parrenas did well not to go down, the referee stepped in to stop the contest meaning Inoue remains unbeaten in nine professional fights.
This is not the end of the boxing year in Japan with four world titles on the line on New Years Eve, inlcluding two versions of the lowest weight class, the Strawweight division.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
World Championship Boxing at The Arike Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
WBO Super Flyweight Title
Naoye Inoue (Japan) Beat Warrito Parrenas (Philippeans) by TKO in Round 2
STILL WBO SUPER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION ….. Naoye Inoue (Japan)
IBF Light Flyweight Title
Akira Yaegashi (Japan) Beat Javier Mendoza (Mexico) by Uninimous Decision (120-107, 117-111, 119-109)
AND THE NEW IBF LIGHT FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION ….. Akira Yaegashi (Japan)