Japan’s little ‘Monster’ Inoue defends WBC title


TOKYO: Japan’s new boxing sensation Naoya Inoue made a successful first defense of his WBC light flyweight crown with a brutal technical knockout over Thai challenger Samartklek Kokietgym on Friday. However, Akira Yaegashi lost his WBC flyweight belt in the second contest of a title doubleheader in Tokyo when he was stopped by Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez in the ninth round of a bruising encounter.


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