The world champion in three different weight classes Akira Yaegashi entered this fight with a pro boxing record of 25-5-0 (13 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.4 light flyweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Ganigan Lopez). He lost two consecutive bouts in 2014, against Roman Gonzalez (=Yaegashi vs Gonzalez) and Pedro Guevara (=Yaegashi vs Guevara), but then he has won five fights defeating Martin Tecuapetla (=Yaegashi vs Tecuapetla) and Samartlek Kokietgym in 2016 (=Yaegashi vs Samartlek).
His opponent, the interim Ibf champion Milan Melindo, has a record of 35-2-0 (12 knockouts) and he entered as the No.12 in the same weight class. He lost to Javier Mendoza in 2015 (=Melindo vs Mendoza), but then he has won over Victor Emanuel Olivo (=Melindo vs Olivo) Maximino Flores and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (=Melindo vs Sakkreerin Jr). Milan Melindo vs Akira Yaegashi is valid for the IBF World light flyweight title; undercard of Naoya Inoue vs Ricardo Rodriguez. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
Division: light flyweight (108 lbs, 49.0 kg)
Title: IBF World light flyweight title
Yaegashi’s previous fight: Akira Yaegashi vs Samartlek Kokietgym
Melindo’s previous fight: Milan Melindo vs Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr
Yaegashi vs Melindo Fight Video:
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