Results From Japan: Inoue, Yaegashi And Gonzalez Grab Victories


History was made and stars shined on April 6th in Tokyo as Naoya Inoue made Japanese history by winning the WBC junior flyweight title in his sixth pro fight by KO’ing Adrian Hernandez in six rounds. Hernandez went down from a huge shot in the sixth round which caused the referee to stop the bout, feeling that Hernandez would not be able to recover and defend himself after going down.

WBC 112 pound champion Akira Yaegashi held onto his belt with a ninth round KO over Odilon Zaleta of Mexico. Yaegashi was ahead at the time of the stoppage on two scorecards with one scorecard having the fight a draw.

Roman Gonzalez got the early stoppage that he wanted against Juan Purisima at just one minute twenty seconds into round number three. Gonzalez threw bombs from the beginning and staggered Purisima twice in the second round and ended up getting the knockdown in the same round after backing his opponent up against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches. In the third Gonzalez focused on the body in the early beginning then hurt his opponent to the point where the referee stepped in to stop the bout.

Up next for Gonzalez and Yaegashi should be a bout against each other which will be a chance for both fighters to shine.

Takuma Inoue, younger brother to Naoya Inoue, improved his record to 2-0 after winning an eight round  unanimous decision over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. with all three scorecards reading 79-73. Takuma proves by taking on more experienced opponents that he will be a fighter to keep an eye on.