Recently-retired former three-division world champion Akira Yaegashi will face World Boxing Association light flyweight ‘’super’’ champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Watanabe Boxing Gym as organizers announced competitors of the charity boxing event called ‘’LEGEND’’ to be held on Feb. 11 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, organizers said at a press conference on Feb. 3.
However, WBA ‘’super’’ and International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Naoya ‘’Monster’’ Inoue’s sparring partner will be announced at a later date since the Inoue’s exhibition is expected to serve as the ‘’main event’’ of LEGEND, they said.
The main purpose of the exhibition is to boost the morale of medical-care workers assiduously helping patients suffering from COVID-19 as part of the proceeds from the event is expected to be donated to medical institutions, according to the organizers.
Altogether, seven no-win exhibition matches are planned, including matches involving three amateur boxers already qualified for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, with each boxer going three rounds with each round consisting of three minutes.
Former World Boxing Organization flyweight ruler Sho Kimura of Hanagata Boxing Gym will meet former K-1 WORLD GP super bantamweight champion Yoshiki Takei of Ohashi Boxing Gym, who will make his professional debut on March 11.
Former WBA super featherweight ‘’super’’ champion Takashi Uchiyama, dubbed KO Dynamite for his devastating punching power will spar with Japanese super featherweight ruler Kosuke Saka of Nakazato Yoshitatsu Boxing Gym, while IBF’s 12th-ranked super lightweight Andy Justice Hiraoka of Ohashi gym will take on the 31-year-old veteran Daisuke Narimatsu of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, who captured the light welterweight (super lightweight) bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesian capital Jakarta.
WBO Asia-Pacific super welterweight champion Takeshi Inoue will face three-time amateur middleweight champion Yuito Moriwaki of JSDF.
Amateur welterweight champion Sewon Okazawa of Kagoshima Amateur Sports Association will face the hard-hitting 19-year-old fighter Jin Sasaki of Hachioji Nakaya Boxing Gym. The undefeated Sasaki, the Japanese youth super lightweight champion, has 10 straight wins, including nine KOs.
All the parties concerned, including spectators and boxers, will have to go through top-of-the-line PCR tests for the COVID-19, which are said to be capable of showing test results in about 30 minutes. Up to about 5,000 paid attendance is expected.