September 3, 2014
WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against highly respected two-time world titlist, unbeaten Roman gChocolatitoh Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), from Nicaragua, in a greatly anticipated contest in Tokyo on this coming Friday. Also, WBC light-flyweight ruler Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), a 21-year-old Japanese, will make an initial defense of his belt against Thailandfs Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5 KOs) in a companion title go. Supporting to the twinbill is a showdown of former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs) against Mexican middleweight titlist Adrian Luna (17-2-1, 11 KOs) over ten frames.
Today we saw a press conference with all participants in attendance in front of many press people.
The WBC officials are as follows:
Yaegashi vs. Gonzalez:
Referee Michael Griffin (Canada); judges Steve Morrow, Hubert Minn and Fernando Barbosa (all US); supervisor WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico).
Inoue vs. Samartlek:
Referee Gelasio Perez (Mexico); judges Steve Morrow, Fernando Barbosa (US), Kyoung-Ha Shin (Korea); supervisor Duane Ford (US).
Yaegashi, making his fourth defense, will face a most dangerous and formidable opponent in his career, as Gonzalez previously conquered a couple of world belts in the 105-pound and 108-pound categories and stays still unbeaten. Having dethroned ex-Olympian and WBC champ Toshiyuki Igarashi in April of the previous year, the tiny but fast Yaegashi impressively registered three defenses including a unanimous decision win over official challenger Edgar Sosa last December. Although Chocolatito is a prohibitive prefight favorite, Yaegashi said, gI will do my best and hope to keep my belt. Gonzalez responded, gIfm in perfect shape and my good condition will lead me to the third world championship to tie the Nicaraguan record of my idol Alexis Arguello.h Arguello is also a hero here in Japan, where people love Alexis and also evaluate Chocolatitofs strength with which he acquired his first belt from Yutaka Niida via fourth round TKO and kept it against Katsunari Takayama to his credit.
Inoue, a genius who won the world throne in just six pro bouts, annexed the belt by a sensational stoppage of Adrian Hernandez in the sixth session this April, and now participates in his first defense since. Inoue, still physically growing up, will outgrow the 108-pound category soon or later, but wishes to score a fine performance as the champ in his first reign, since he is highly expected to be a multi-class titlist in the near future such as Pacquiao and Donaire. Samarlek, 29, is more experienced than the champ and has the PABA belt now, but it seems hard that he will produce an upset to dethrone the sensational champ.
After the press conference, a rules meeting was held in the same room at Grand Palace Hotel.
There were a couple of requests from a matchmaker in charge, as follows:
(1) The referee is hoped to give a sufficient recovery time to a boxer who suffers a foul to fall down on the canvas. Although the rules and regulations state that the third man shall render five minutes at maximum to the damaged boxer by the foul, the referee tends to have the fight resume?as soon as possible to shorten an idle time?despite the boxer being not ready to fight on. It was lately witnessed in a Guillermo Rigondeaux-Sod Kokietgym title bout that ended only in 104 seconds of the opening session as El Chacal swarmed over Sod who wasnft actually ready to fight again and sank him with a merciless shot.
(2) When a cut should happen on a boxer, the referee is hoped to clarify whether it was produced (a) by an accidental butt or (b) by a legal punch on the spot or just after the round is over. Should the fight continue to be unable to go on because of a deteriorated cut, the cause/reason of opening the cut will decide whether the fight will result in (a) a technical decision if it should already enter the fifth round or (b) a TKO loss of the bloodied boxer. The third man replied that he would try to do so, and should any dispute take place, a video replay will be adopted to make it clear at the termination of the contest.
The Yaegashi-Gonzalez bout is a gdream fighth for Japanese or international boxing fans as well, and we are happy to watch it at the site or on television with such great interests and expectations.
This sensational show will be co-promoted by Ohashi and Teiken Promotions.
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