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Yaegashi Batters Igarashi, Claims Flyweight Crown

By Jake Donovan

Akira Yaegashi claimed the lineal flyweight championship, battering Toshiyuki Igarashi early and digging deep late to claim a unanimous decision Monday evening in Tokyo, Japan. 

Scores were 115-110, 116-109 and 117-108 in the type of savage bloodbath that has become the norm for Yaegashi's career. 

Igarashi entered the fight rightfully recognized as the true flyweight champion. However, the working theory is that the Japanese southpaw was the weak link among all current lineal claimants, a similar status to that of preceding champ Sonny Boy Jaro.

With that in mind, Monday's title affair was viewed as one widely up for grabs, despite Yaegashi - at age 30 - moving up two weight classes after a string of brutal wars in recent years. The theory proved correct, as the challenger struck early and often, battering a seemingly sluggish champion and repeatedly sending him to the canvas.

Igarashi was already way too deep in the hole by the time he attempted to turn things around late in the fight. That didn't make the moment any less dramatic. Both fighters were battered and bloodied, their faces resembling the two-way brutality dished out. 

Yaegashi had swelling over both eyes, but merely served as badges of honor for his amazing effort. The wide scores were well deserved in favor of the all-action star, who now begins his second title reign.

The win advances Yaegashi's record to 17-3 (9KO) as he continues to land in the middle of time capsule events. Igarashi was valiant in defeat as he falls to 17-2-1 (10KO) in his second attempted title defense. 

Two boxing seasons ago saw Yaegashi claim a strawweight belt with a 10th round knockout of Pornsawan Porpramook. The bout became a You Tube classic and eventually earned distinction as 2011 Fight of the Year. 

His reign was short-lived, though certainly not short on drama or historic moments. Yaegashi went tooth and nail with countryman Kazuto Ioka, dropping a split decision in a fantastic war. The bout marked the first time two Japanese fighters ever faced each other in a unification bout. 

Neither fighter remained a strawweight after the fight. Already faced with the threat of being stripped of a title, Ioka ditched one title and then kept the other on ice for his stablemate Ryo Miyazaki, who defeated Porpramook for that very belt last New Year's Eve. The same show saw Ioka move up to claim a paper title in the junior flyweight division.

Less than a week after that saw the ring return of Yaegashi, who struggled at times in a flyweight tune-up bout. It turned out that the 30-year old merely needed time to grow into a new weight class. 

His championship winning effort on Monday served notice to all that Yaegashi has truly arrived at flyweight.  

The bout served as the co-feature to a tripleheader of title fights. Takashi Miura claimed a 130 lb. title with a 9th round stoppage of Gamaliel Diaz in the opening bout of the televised triple header. The main event pits Shinsuke Yamanaka in a bantamweight title defense against Malcolm Tunacao.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter:  @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by $coinblatt$ on 04-09-2013

that Lineal title went for Wonjongkam to Jaro to Igarashi to Yaegashi in 1 year? :lol1: wtf.

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 04-09-2013

[QUOTE=giacomino;13223461]Igarashi was only recognized as the "rightful flyweight champion" by people who put any importance in the idea of having a "linear" champion in this era of four or five champions per division. He should have lost his belt in…

Comment by Hougigo on 04-08-2013

Watch Arum try to make Viloria/Yaegashi

Comment by puga on 04-08-2013

did 'nt even know this fight took place ..i was sayin viloria should take igarashi's title , sh1t just got tougher with yaegashi having the lineal now...

Comment by Cloud on 04-08-2013

Good to see Yaegashi get the win.

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