Akira Yaegashi vs. Javier Mendoza Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/29/15
Javier Mendoza vs. Akira Yaegashi
Boxing: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 6:00 am (Ariake Coliseum)
The Line: Javier Mendoza -185 / Akira Yaegashi +145 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Akira Yaegashi and Javier Mendoza fight Tuesday night at the Ariake Coliseum for the IBF light flyweight title.
Akira Yaegashi enters this fight with a 22-5 record that includes 12 knockouts. Yaegashi has split his last four fights and is coming off an August win over Said M Said. Yaegashi has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is a very good counterpuncher, as they don’t call him Sonic Fist for nothing. Yaegashi does a nice job of weaving his way through traffic and has great instincts that allow him to predict what’s coming and adjust. Yaegashi The concern for Yaegashi is that he does keep his hands rather low, which hurts him on the defensive end and didn’t help when he was knocked out twice in 2014. This will be the 20th time Yaegashi fights in Tokyo.
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Javier Mendoza enters this fight with a 24-2-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Mendoza has won his last 11 fights and is coming off a May win over Milan Melindo. Mendoza is a very aggressive fighter who packs power behind his punches and likes to dictate the pace of the fight. Mendoza does a nice job of landing combinations and can truly takeover a fight once he smells blood in the water with his opponent. The concern for Mendoza is the location, as he has never fought outside of his home of Mexico. Mendzoa will clearly be out of his comfort zone here. This will be Mendoza’s first time fighting in Japan.
This is going to be an interesting fight, as Yaegashi will be able to take advantage of Mendoza’s aggressiveness. There will also be a strong support for Yaegashi in Japan while Mendoza will not be the crowd favorite for the first time in his career.
However, Mendoza is the better boxer at the end of the day and packs the power to take advantage of Yaegashi’s defensive flaws. I like for Mendoza to remain champ and pick up his 12th straight victory.