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Photos: Yaegashi Turns Back Edgar Sosa, Murata Wins

JAPAN'S Akira Yaegashi defended his WBC flyweight title for a second time after beating Mexico's Edgar Sosa with a unanimous decision in Tokyo on Friday. Neither fighter managed a knockdown over 12 rounds at sumo mecca Ryogoku Kokugikan, but 30-year-old Yaegashi took the decision 116-112, 117-111, 117-111 to improve his record to 19 wins and three defeats with nine knockouts.

Sosa was looking to win his first world title since losing the WBC light flyweight belt he successfully defended 10 times from 2007-09, but instead saw his record fall to 49 wins and eight defeats with 29 knock-outs.

"First of all I'm relieved to win," said Yaegashi, who won the title from compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi in April and successfully defended it against Mexican Oscar Blanquet in August.

"I'm sorry for the fans that I couldn't put on a more interesting fight. Looking to the future, I'm going to focus on every fight as it comes."

In an earlier bout, London Olympic middleweight gold-medallist Ryota Murata beat American Dave Peterson with a final-round technical knock-out (TKO) in the second fight of his pro career.

Murata, who became Japan's first Olympic gold medal-winning boxer in 48 years when he beat Brazil's Esquiva Falcao Florentino on points last summer, launched a flurry of shots to finish off his opponent 1 minute, 20 seconds into the eighth round after dominating the contest throughout.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ladiesman217 on 12-07-2013

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Comment by ladiesman217 on 12-06-2013

Rank the current active Japanese fighters P4P.

Comment by bigcursedawg on 12-06-2013

Good win for Yaegashi. I can't help but think that the open scoring made him stick to boxing. He knew he built a lead after the 4th and had was still winning after the 8th. I think that was a…

Comment by Hougigo on 12-06-2013

I want to cut him some slack since it's only his second pro fight and he had two tough/experienced opponents to start off. We'll see down the line if he learns or levels off

Comment by US Dirk Killer on 12-06-2013

Murata will be the best evar

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