YAEGASHI RETAINS WBC FLYWEIGHT TITLE

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TOKYO: World Boxing Council flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi of Japan knocked out Mexican challenger Odilon Zaleta Sunday to retain his title after a close fight. Yaegashi floored Zaleta with a right hook followed by a flurry of uppercuts in the ninth round. The Mexican struggled back to his feet but British referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight two minutes and 14 seconds into the round. It was 31-year-old Yaegashi’s third defense of the 50.8kg division title which he won by outpointing compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi in Tokyo in April last year.

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