April 6, 2014
Aggressive and agile Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), 112, Japan, very impressively kept his WBC flyweight belt as he finished busy-punching Mexican Odilon Zaleta (15-4, 8 KOs), 111.75, with a beautiful countering right for the count at 2:14 of the ninth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a picture-perfect one-punch knockout with British referee Ian John Lewis counting him out against the still wobbling challenger. It was a rather close affair though Yaegashi, making his third defense, was taking the initiative with his aggressiveness against the Mexican footworker. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yaegashi was only slightly leading on points: 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76. The 31-year-old Yaegashi, usually dependent on his foot, tonight kept stalking the Mexican speedster who threw light but more punches to the onrushing champ. Yaegashi often scored with solid left hooks to effectively shake him up from the fifth on. The Japanese titlist will face unbeaten formidable Nicaraguan Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez in his next defense.
Promoter: Ohashi Promoitons in association with Teiken Promotions.
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