By Joe Koizumi
Shorter but faster Japanese, Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs), 112, kept his WBC flyweight belt with great ease as he floored hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-6-1, 23 KOs), 112, in the eighth session en route to a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Don Griffin (US) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) both tallied 116-110, and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) saw it 115-111, all in favor of the defending champ making his initial defense. The referee was Len Koivisto (Canada).
Blanquet, whose power punching was greatly vaunted prior to this game, failed to show his power, nor his heart, as he looked to be too slow to catch the fleet-footed and quick-handed champ. Yaegashi’s hit-and-run tactics prevailed to frustrate the taller Mexican all the way.
(More to come)