By Miguel Rivera, photo by Kaz Nagatsuka
Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan - 20-year-old Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5KOs) made history in Japan, in only his sixth fight, he knocked out two-time world champion, and one of the best in the lower weight divisions, Adrian Hernandez (29-3-1, 18KOs), in six rounds to capture the WBC junior flyweight title. Hernandez had won his last seven after an upset knockout loss (which he later avenged by knockout) to Kompayak Porpramook. Inoue was in control of the action during the contest and dropped Hernandez in the sixth with a big shot. Hernandez made it up and the referee felt he was too hurt to properly defend himself and waved it off.
WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs) retained his belt with a ninth round knockout of durable Odilon Zaleta (15-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico. It was a tough fight with Yaegashi winning a majority decision after eight rounds of action, 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76. Up next is a showdown with Roman Gonzalez.
Two-division champion Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs) crushed Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs) in three one-sided rounds to set up a fight with WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi.
18 year old Takuma Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, outboxed the far more experienced Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. over eight rounds. Takuma raises his record to 2-0 and Sakkreerin falls to 25-3, 15. The score was 79-73 on all three of the official cards.