Japan’s Akira Yaegashi successfully defended his WBC flyweight title on Monday with a unanimous points, decision over Mexican challenger Oscar Blanquet.
Yaegashi passed the biggest test of his career against Blanquet. While he was unable to stop the fight early with a knockout, the raw speed and precision of the Japanese star proves he will continue to be a serious force in the division.
The 30 year-old Yaegashi, tried his speed to knockout Blanquet but the Mexican relied on his reach advantage to keep the champion at bay. However, as the fight wore on the Japanese boxer connected with a number of body blows and a straight right in the eighth round put his opponent on the canvas according to AFP reports.
“I fought in a way that was far from perfect. I have a lot of things to improve. I must work harder, otherwise I cannot keep on winning,” Yaegashi said. “I am still an untested champion, but I want your warm support.”
At the end of the fourth round, the two fighters were even at 39-37, 37-39, 38-38, but after the halfway point, Yaegashi’s body blows began to connect and wear the challenger.