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Boxing | International

Three title bouts on Tokyo bill

WBC flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi will defend his title against Akira Yaegashi in Tokyo in April.

The two Japanese fighters are scheduled to meet in one of three “world” title fights in a tournament at the Ryogoku sumo arena on April 8.

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, also of Japan, will fight top-ranked Malcolm Tunacao of the Philippines.

Gamaliel Diaz, a Mexican who holds the WBC super-featherweight title, will defend his belt against Japan's Takashi Miura.

It will be Igarashi's second defence of the title he took from Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines in July last year.

Igarashi’s record stands at 17 wins, including 10 knockouts, against one defeat and one draw.

"My goal is to keep winning. I'm going to prepare for the bout by doing what I must do to win. I’ll be ready, 100 per cent, when I get into the ring," the 29-year-old champion said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile heavyweight Denis Boytsov is likely to fight in Germany in February. The undefeated, 26-year-old Russian, who refuses to sign with the Klitschko brothers, is looking for an American promoter and trainer.

Boytsov was scheduled to fight Britain’s Tyson Fury last December but plans for the bout fell through. His last fight was in April last year when he beat Dominic Guinn in points. His professional record is 31-0, with 25 knockouts and he is at No 5 on the WBA and WBO rankings lists.


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