IBF Flyweight Champion Moruti Mthalane to Take on Challenge by Warrior Akira Yaegashi

By Tré Berry III🖊️

In my estimation, there is no more consistent performer at World level than IBF Flyweight Titlist 🇿🇦Moruti Mthalane (38-2-0, 25KO👊) of South Africa. Having never lost a Title fight where he came in with possession of a belt, his current unbeaten streak dates back to 11 years, where he last lost to legend ♛🇵🇭Nonito Donaire back in 2008, over a decade ago. Looking to make the 3rd defense in his second run as an IBF Titleholder, he will have to deal with Japanese warrior & former Lineal Light-Flyweight World Champion 🇯🇵Akira Yaegashi (28-6-0, 16KO👊), who is looking to make one last splash late in his career.

Both Mthalane and Yaegashi are long time veterans of the sport, with Mthalane being 37 yeas of age, and Yaegashi being a battle-worn 36. The difference between the two is that Mthalane is still physically fresh, which is a rarity for someone in the lighter weight divisions, who are still fighting well within their late 30’s. I would consider it appropriate to dub Akira Yaegashi “the Japanese 🇮🇹🇨🇦Arturo Gatti because he embodied the same level of spirit that defines a blood & guts warrior, and Yaegashi has plenty of wars himself to draw back to in remembrance of many of those moments. He has seen better days however, as those wars have caught up to him, but as shown in recent times, a major opportunity can sometimes draw the best effort out of an old dog, but he will have to do so against one of the two premiere Flyweights in the world in Mthalane.  This will be on the Yokohama Japan card that will take place on Monday, December 23rd, and can be viewed on FUJI TV.

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