|Nickname(s)||音速の拳 (Sonic Fist)|
|Height||5 ft. 3 in. (160 cm.)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Born||February 25, 1983|
Kitakami, Iwate, Japan
|Wins by KO||15|
Akira Yaegashi (八重樫 東 Yaegashi Akira, born February 25, 1983) is a Japanese professional boxer who is the former IBF Light Flyweight Champion; he is a former WBC, The Ring and lineal flyweight champion, as well as a former WBA minimumweight champion. He is an alumnus of the Takushoku University and has been managed by Hideyuki Ohashi's Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama which is the birthplace of boxing in the country.
Yaegashi finished his amateur career with a record of 56–14 after winning the Inter-High School Championship and the National Sports Festival of Japan. His professional debut was at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in March 2005. He won the vacant OPBF minimumweight title there via a fifth round technical knockout in April 2006 and defended the title once before vacating it.
In his first world title shot against the WBC minimumweight champion Eagle Kyowa at the Pacifico Yokohama in June 2007, Yaegashi lost for the first time by a wide points margin after suffering a broken TMJ in two places due to an accidental headbutt in the second round.
After a nearly eleven-month absence from the ring, Yaegashi restarted his career, but lost in the semi-final match of the annual Japanese title elimination tournament nicknamed "The Strongest in Korakuen" at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo in July 2008. It was in June 2009 that Yaegashi won the vacant Japanese minimumweight title at the IMP Hall in Osaka. He defended the title three times before returning it.
Yaegashi won the WBA minimumweight title in his second world title shot against Thai's Pornsawan Porpramook via a tenth round technical knockout at the Korakuen Hall on October 24, 2011. It was a very tough fight. Before the final round began, Yaegashi's manager Ohashi said to him "Come back for your son". The fight earned accolades from international media, winning Fight of the Year honors from ESPN.com and BoxingScene.com, as well as the WBA's award for Most Dramatic Fight of 2011.
On June 20, 2012, in a match that marked the first time two Japanese fighters had met to unify world titles, he lost to the WBC champion Kazuto Ioka via a unanimous decision at the Bodymaker Colosseum. When asked whether the result would have been different unless he got swollen eyes, Yaegashi said "We should not think about it. There is no if's in boxing". The day after the fight, Ioka decided to move up a weight division. So, Yaegashi's team hope the rematch with Ioka in a higher division as their second unification bout. First, Yaegashi aims to win a world championship again.
Yaegashi became a two-weight class champion when he defeated defending WBC and lineal flyweight champion, Toshiyuki Igarashi in a unanimous decision on April 8, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. On 12 August 2013, Yaegashi successfully defended his title by defeating Mexican fighter Oscar Blanquet. Yaegashi floored Blanquet in the 8th round on his way to a points victory.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|33 fights||27 wins||6 losses|
|Win||27–6||Hirofumi Mukai||TKO||7 (10), 2:55||2018-08-17||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||26–6||Frans Damur Palue||TKO||2 (10), 2:24||2018-03-26||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Loss||25–6||Milan Melindo||TKO||1 (12), 2:45||2017-05-21||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo||Lost IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||25–5||Wittawas Basapean||TKO||12 (12), 2:13||2016-12-30||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo||Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||24–5||Martin Tecuapetla||SD||12||2016-05-08||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo||Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||23–5||Javier Mendoza||UD||12||2015-12-29||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo||Won IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||22–5||Said M Said||KO||3 (10), 1:10||2015-08-20||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||21–5||Songseanglek Phosuwangym||TKO||2 (8), 2:05||2015-05-01||Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo|
|Loss||20–5||Pedro Guevara||KO||7 (12), 2:45||2014-12-30||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo||For vacant WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Loss||20–4||Román González||TKO||9 (12), 2:24||2014-09-05||Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo||Lost WBC, The Ring & Lineal Flyweight titles.|
|Win||20–3||Odilon Zaleta||KO||9 (12), 2:14||2014-04-06||Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo||Retained WBC, The Ring & Lineal Flyweight titles.|
|Win||19–3||Edgar Sosa||UD||12||2013-12-06||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo||Retained WBC, The Ring & Lineal Flyweight titles.|
|Win||18–3||Oscar Blanquet||UD||12||2013-08-12||Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo||Retained WBC, The Ring & Lineal Flyweight titles.|
|Win||17–3||Toshiyuki Igarashi||UD||12||2013-04-08||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo||Won WBC, The Ring & Lineal Flyweight titles.|
|Win||16–3||Saenmuangloei Kokietgym||KO||9 (10), 2:52||2013-01-05||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Loss||15–3||Kazuto Ioka||UD||12||2012-06-20||Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka||Lost WBA Minimumweight title.|
For WBC Minimumweight title.
|Win||15–2||Pornsawan Porpramook||TKO||10 (12), 2:38||2011-10-24||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Won WBA Minimumweight title.|
|Win||14–2||Norihito Tanaka||UD||10||2011-04-02||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Retained Japanese Minimumweight title.|
|Win||13–2||Kosuke Takeichi||UD||10||2010-05-01||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Retained Japanese Minimumweight title.|
|Win||12–2||Junichiro Kaneda||UD||10||2009-09-05||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo||Retained Japanese Minimumweight title.|
|Win||11–2||Kenichi Horikawa||UD||10||2009-06-21||IMP Hall, Osaka||Won vacant Japanese Minimumweight title.|
|Win||10–2||Srisaket Sor Rungvisai||TKO||3 (8), 2:11||2009-03-17||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||9–2||Takumi Suda||UD||8||2008-10-18||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||8–2||Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo||TKO||2 (8), 2:35||2008-09-15||Pacifico, Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Loss||7–2||Masatate Tsuji||MD||6||2008-07-01||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||7–1||Yasuhiro Hisada||UD||10||2008-04-30||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Loss||6–1||Eagle Den Junlaphan||UD||12||2007-06-04||Pacifico, Yokohama, Kanagawa||For WBC Minimumweight title.|
|Win||6–0||Liempetch Sor Veerapol||KO||1 (12), 2:55||2006-09-18||Pacifico, Yokohama, Kanagawa||Retained OPBF Minimumweight title.|
|Win||5–0||Weerasak Chuwatana||KO||5 (12), 2:19||2006-04-03||Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa||Won vacant OPBF Minimumweight title.|
|Win||4–0||Elmer Gejon||UD||10||2005-12-05||Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|Win||3–0||Danchai Sithsaithong||KO||2 (8), 1:38||2005-08-22||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||2–0||Poonsawat Eausampan||KO||1 (8), 2:50||2005-05-18||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo|
|Win||1–0||Omoyoshi Nakayama||KO||1 (6), 1:20||2005-03-26||Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa||Professional debut.|
- 2011 ESPN.com Fight of the Year
- 2011 BoxingScene.com Fight of the Year
- 2011 WBA Most Dramatic Fight
- List of Mini-flyweight boxing champions
- List of light-flyweight boxing champions
- List of flyweight boxing champions
- List of boxing triple champions
- List of Japanese boxing world champions
- Boxing in Japan
- 選手データ (in Japanese). Boxing Mobile (East Japan Boxing Association). 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- 八重樫、リーチ11センチ劣る ダブル世界戦予備検診 (in Japanese). Boxing News (Boxing Beat editorial department). August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- 選手紹介 (in Japanese). Ohashi Boxing Gym. 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "八重樫TKOで岩手出身初の世界王者!" (in Japanese). Daily Sports. October 25, 2011. Archived from the original on December 28, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "Pornsawan loses WBA title". Bangkok Post. October 25, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- Pornsawan Porpramook vs. Yaeagshi (Links to YouTube video) (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. October 24, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Dan Rafael (December 30, 2011). "Fight of year: Yaegashi-Porpramook". ESPN. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Cliff Rold (January 3, 2012). "BoxingScene's 2011 Year-End Awards: Fight of The Year". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Kittipong Thongsombat (February 4, 2012). "Ex-champion Khaosai named WBA legend". Bangkok Post. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Corey Erdman (June 20, 2012). "Ioka bests valiant Yaegashi to unify strawweight titles". RingTV.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Mark Ortega (June 20, 2012). "Kazuto Ioka Decisions One-Eyed Akira Yaegashi In Minimumweight Title Tilt". Queensberry-Rules.com. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Jake Donovan (June 20, 2012). "Kazuto Ioka Outlasts Akira Yaegashi In A War". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- 藤原 翔 (June 20, 2012). 敗者、八重樫に涙なし 「またイチから…」 (in Japanese). MSN Sankei News. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- 井岡と八重樫 ライトフライ級で再戦誓う (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- 八重樫「悔しい」井岡との再戦に意欲 (in Japanese). Daily Sports. June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. (includes photo)
- Jake Donovan (January 5, 2013). "Akira Yaegashi A Knockout Winner In Ring Return". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- Joe Koizumi (January 5, 2013). "Inoue finishes Thai champ Ngaoprajan in one". Fightnews.com. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Akira Yaegashi - Lineal Flyweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
- "Yaegashi outclasses Igarashi to nab WBC flyweight title". Japan Times. April 9, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- "Yaegashi keeps WBC flyweight crown". Arab News. August 12, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Professional boxing record for Akira Yaegashi from BoxRec
- Akira Yaegashi on Twitter ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Akira Yaegashi - CBZ Profile
| WBA minimumweight champion
October 24, 2011 – June 20, 2012
| WBC flyweight champion
April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014
| Lineal flyweight Champion|
April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014
| The Ring flyweight champion|
April 8, 2013 – September 5, 2014
| IBF light flyweight champion
December 29, 2015 – May 21, 2017