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Ex-3-division world champ Yaegashi announces his retirement from boxing

Sep 02, 2020 16:46 pm

Former three-division world champion Akira Yaegashi, known as an all-action fighter for his fierce fighting style, said on Sept. 1 via an online press conference, he will hang up the gloves, winding up his 15-year pro career.

The 37-year-old Yaegashi was accompanied by Hideyuki Ohashi, head of the Ohashi Boxing Gym, and chief trainer Koji Matsumoto.

Yaegashi said, ‘’I myself did not feel I have reached the limit of my physical strength. But I always consulted with Messrs. Ohashi and Matsumoto whenever I had to make important decisions, and when Mr. Ohashi said, ‘’you did everything you could in boxing,’’ I made up my mind to retire.’’

He cited the World Boxing Council flyweight title match with Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua in September 2014, in which Yaegashi was stopped in the ninth round and failed to keep the title he captured in April that year, was the most memorable fight during his long career.

‘’That was by far the most ‘’delightful’’ bout, he said.

Yaegashi had also captured World Boxing Association minimumweight and International Boxing Federation light flyweight titles.

Asked about the impression of his nickname ‘’all-action fighter,’’ Yaegashi replied, ‘’I like that catch-phrase to my heart’s content. That will serve as my ‘’treasure’’ in my future life.’’

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