December 6, 2013


WBC flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9 KOs) (right), 111.75, a Japanese footworker, very impressively retained his belt as he kept circling so fast like a whirligig beetle that he whipped ex-WBC light-fly ruler and official challenger Edgar Sosa (49-8, 29 KOs) (left), 112, Mexico, convincingly and scored a unanimous decision over twelve sizzling rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 116-112, Joel Scobie (Canada) and Oren Schellenberger (US) both 117-111, all in favor of the 5f3h fancy dan in the Tom-and-Jerry game. The good-moving referee was Mark Green (GB).

Simply was Yaegashi too fast for Sosa to catch. The fleet-footed champ, four years his junior at 30, once held the WBC 105-pound belt, while Sosa the WBC 108-pound throne, having defended it ten times to his credit. The veteran Mexican recently defeated ex-titlists Ulises Solis (KO2) and Giovani Segura (W12) to his credit. Sosa seemed to be at a loss since he was frustrated by Yaegashifs smooth and swift footwork that completely prevented him from mixing it up in the close range.

In the first four sessions Yaegashifs left hook following a lead right occasionally caught the bewildered ex-champ, steadily piling up points. The open scoring system indicated 40-36 and 39-37 twice for Yaegashi.

Yaegashi became faster and faster as the contest progressed?much faster than Hedgemon Lewis against Jose Napoles. Yaegashi showed his belt in round seven, when he battered the slower Soda with every punch he threw with good precision. After the eighth, unanimous interim tallies were announced again: 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75 all for the quick counterpuncher on a high-speed bicycle.

It was a fun to watch the last four sessions since Yaegashi changed his strategy in order to show his heart rather than his express footwork. The champ, in the ninth, gamely mixed it up with Sosa connecting with good body shots and desperate combinations with less precision. Itfs Sosafs round. Yaegashi dominated the tenth as he often connected with left-right combinations over Sosafs right shots though the Mexican kept stalking the shorter Japanese with his best effort.

The eleventh watched Sosa turn loose with incessant rallies to the still fast-moving Yaegashi with his effort winning a point, though he was still widely behind on points. They furiously exchanged punches in the final session when Yaegashi occasionally stopped his footwork and swapped punches with the game and durable Mexican. It was good that Yaegashi, obviously leading on points, took a risk in trading punches with the challenger though he might become a Meldrick Taylor against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in their first encounter. Fortunately Yaegashi didnft take a lethal shot in the closing seconds of the twelfth and final session.

Yaegashifs manager/promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, ex-WBC/WBA minimum champ, smilingly said, gIf Zou Shiming wishes to have a shot at Yaegashi, and wefll go to China. Yaegashi showed a very good performance tonight.h Yaegashi had captured the WBC belt by an upset decision over compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi, an ex-Olympian, and thus defeated Mexicans Oscar Blanquest and Sosa both by a unanimous verdict. He looked very sharp this night.


Formerly Olympic middleweight gold medalist, Japanfs Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs), 160.5, had a tough time with a durable journeyman Dave Peterson (13-1, 8 KOs), 158.75, despite his continual attack, but finally dropped him with a furious attack en route to a well-received TKO victory at 1:20 of the eighth and final round. After the seventh Murata was widely ahead on points: 70-63 twice and 69-64, but he went all out for a kill in the final stanza. His desperate rallies paid off as he finely caught the game rival and downed him to the ropes prior to the refereefs intervention midway in the last session. It might be a good lesson for Murata, who has become more professional than in his pro debut.

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