Akira Yaegashi vs. Martin Tecuapetla Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/16
Martin Tecuapetla vs. Akira Yaegashi
Boxing: Sunday, May 8, 2016 (Ariake Coliseum)
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Akira Yaegashi and Martin Tecuapetla fight Sunday at the Ariake Coliseum for the IBF Light Flyweight title.
Akira Yaegashi enters this fight with a 23-5 record that includes 12 knockouts. Yaegashi has won his last three fights and is coming off a December win over Javier Mendoza. Yaegashi is coming off an impressive win as an underdog and is back to putting together another nice streak at the age of 33 years old. Yaegashi has great footwork and does a fine job of moving around the ring and controlling the fight. Yaegashi also has fabulous hand speed and is one of the better counter punchers at the Light Flyweight division. The concern with Yaegashi are his bad habits defensively, which leave openings for counters. There’s a reason Yaegashi’s last two losses have been knockouts. Yaegashi has fought majority of his career in Japan, his home country.
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Martin Tecuapetla enters this fight with a 13-6-3 record that includes 10 knockouts. Tecuapetla has won four of his last seven fights and is coming off a October win over Ronald Ramos. Tecuapetla has had a hit or miss career but does have a chance at a title and his third straight victory in order to string together some consistency. Tecuapetla is a pressure fighter who is always moving forward and doesn’t mind trading punches. Tecuapetla clearly has some power behind his shots and can take a punch due to his fighting style and only one of his losses coming by knockout. The concern for Tecuapetla is this is a massive step up in competition, as he hasn’t fought anybody as close to talented as Yaegashi. This will be Tecuapetla’s just second fight outside of Mexico.
I’m really not sure why Yaegashi is fighting Tecuapetla, as he’s done nothing to deserve a shot at a title and has struggled throughout his career against subpar fighters. This seems like just a throwaway fight to give Yaegashi a chance to defend his belt and pass the time before scheduling a fight actually worth a damn. Don’t see any chance of Tecuapetla winning this fight.
Give me Yaegashi to win this bout by knockout.