Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Zaleta Ready To Shock The World Versus Akira Yaegashi

By Jake Donovan

Odilon Zaleta has produced mixed results at the contender level, but is fully confident that he will prevail in what is perceived as an opportunity of a lifetime. The 28-year old is in the final stages of preparation for his upcoming title shot versus World flyweight king Akira Yaegashi, which takes place April 6 in Tokyo, Japan.

The bout marks a number of debuts for Zaleta, including his first crack at a world title along with his first fight outside of Latin America. The majority of the challenger’s career has taken place in his native Mexico, but is brimming with confidence as fight night draws nearer.

“I am in the best shape of my career; I feel stronger, faster and above all have matured professionally,” promises Zaleta (15-3, 8KO), whose last fight was a narrow points loss to former strawweight titlist Mario Rodriguez last September.

Joining Zaleta on the road trip is countryman Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18KO), who defends his 108 lb. title versus precocious contender Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4KO). The title challenge comes just 18 months into Inoue’s career, and a few days shy of his 21st birthday.

Former two-division champ Roman Gonzalez (38-0, 32KO) also appears on the card. The unbeaten Nicaraguan faces Philippines; Juan Purisima (11-4-1, 4KO) in a stay-busy fight while awaiting a crack at a flyweight title.

Zaleta surprisingly didn’t have to wait for a title shot, a bit of a surprise considering all of Zaleta’s losses have come within his past seven fights. The title fight is considered an optional defense for Yaegashi (19-3, 9KO), who is approaching one full year as champion.

“I know the odds are stacked against me – the time zone difference, the weather and the risk of losing a hometown decision,” Zaleta acknowledges. “I don’t want to leave anything to chance and am preparing to knock out (Yaegashi). The most recent wins by Mexican fighters in Japan have come by knockout, and I plan to follow suit.”

Zaleta is well aware of the talk surrounding his given opportunity, but knows that he has the ability to change that perception the moment the opening bell sounds.

“When two warriors face each other, stats are just states,” Zaleta insists. “Nothing matters more than the physical and mental preparation a fighter puts in, along with his concentration and the intangibles he brings into the ring. Otherwise, clearly I wouldn’t be fit to fight for a world championship.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Akira Yaegashi image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LoadedWraps on 03-20-2014

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;14343258]Odilon Zaleta has produced mixed results at the contender level, but is fully confident that he will prevail in what is perceived as an opportunity of a lifetime. The 28-year old is in the final stages of preparation for his…

Comment by bigcursedawg on 03-19-2014

[QUOTE=Corelone;14345033]Who is Naoya, and why are they putting him in so deep? Is he that good?[/QUOTE] He's a natural talent with power in both hands. I think he has the tools to beat Hernandez but its still huge step up…

Comment by Corelone on 03-19-2014

Who is Naoya, and why are they putting him in so deep? Is he that good?

Comment by buddyguns on 03-19-2014

Doesn't matter who wins this fight, El Chocolatito will take either of them out in the mandatory fight this year.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Ivan Dychko Turns Pro, Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch Tommy Coyle To Face Rakeem Noble In Hull; Kofi Yates Out Haye: I Know I Can Beat Joshua, I Want To Fight Him Next Hunter Says Canelo is Doing Golovkin Dirty With Flat Fee Offer Klitschko Banking on Experience To Push Him Past Joshua "Fighting Words" - Thomas Williams Jr. Took the Hard Way Out Broner: I'm Not Gonna Lie; Granados Hurt Me One Time in Fight Igor Mikhalkin Aims To Get Back in The Mix After PED Mess Photo: Chavez Jr. Arrives To Mexico City Looking Very Slim Magomed Madiev, Khegai, Agadzhanyan Win in Moscow Promoter: To Gain Credibility, Beterbiev Has To Fight on The Road Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados - CompuBox Punch Stats Martinez Will Give Advice To Sosa Ahead of Lomachenko Fight Showtime's Espinoza on Joshua Gaining U.S. Fans, Wilder Clash Kovacs Retains WBO Euro Belt, Imre Szello Beats Garrett Wilson Broner Says He Fought For Nine-Plus Rounds With Broken Hand Avni Yildirim Crushes Alexander Sushchyts in One Broner Explains Why Mayweather Didn't Attend Granados Fight Arthur Abraham vs. Robin Krasniqi at Congress Center in Erfurt Broner: I Spoke to Bob Arum Recently About Making Pacquiao Fight Nathan Gorman Blows Away Gogita Gorgiladze With Quick KO Roy Jones Jr. Return Possible For May in Belarus, Says Hryunov Photos: Lamont Peterson Back in The Mix, Beats Avanesyan Terry Flanagan vs. Jorge Linares is The Goal, Says Frank Warren Danny Garcia: Beating Thurman Will Make Me The Face of Boxing! Photos: Adrien Broner Barely Defeats Granados - HUGE Gallery Photos: Marcus Browne Drops Williams Three Times For KO Win Daniel Dubois Inspired By Mike Tyson, Aims To Be British Version Klara Svensson Confident That Braekhus' Reign Will Be Over Browne To Adonis Stevenson: Give Me My Shot, I Want The Strap Lamont Peterson: I Want To Fight Anyone at Welterweight 30-Day Weights: Gennady Golovkin 165.1, Daniel Jacobs 174.8 Granados: They Changed The Weight, The Scale - I Beat Broner! Broner: I Was Beating Granados Up, This Was an Easy One For Me Pedro Campa Stops Marvin Quintero in Four Rounds Adrien Broner Returns To Win Split Decision Over Granados Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lamont Peterson Decisions David Avanesyan, Captures WBA Belt Peterson vs. Avanesyan - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Marcus Browne Knocks Out Thomas Williams in The Sixth
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement