Two More World Title Fights In Japan Official For May

Japanese boxing fans are in for a treat come late May with the announcement of another card featuring world title fights. 

One day after Tokyo hosts a tripleheader of world championship fights, the city will have a couple of more world title fights headlined by some of the country's best boxers. WBO Super Flyweight Champion Naoya Inoue will face #2 contender Ricardo Rodriguez, while IBF Light Flyweight Champion Akira Yaegashi squares off with interim champ Milan Melindo on May 21. 

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Inoue has held the title since the end of 2014 and is undefeated in 12 fights as a professional boxer and has defended the belt four times, three of which ended via knockout. Rodriguez, the current WBO Latino super flyweight titleholder, is on a four-fight win streak.

Yaegashi will be making his third defense of the belt. After a two-fight losing streak, which included being stopped in the ninth-round against Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez in 2014, Yaegashi won his last five fights. Yaegashi won the title against Javier Mendoza back in 2015. This is Melindo's third attempt at winning a non-inteirm world title and his only two losses came in those fights: against Mendoza and Juan Francisco Estrada.

The card will take place in Tokyo's Ariake Coliseum. The card will also feature 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu’s third pro fight.


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