By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs), 112, collected his third world championship (Flyweight) when he lopsidedly defeated Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10 KOs), 112.
Roman floored him in the third, and followed up by steadily piling up ensuing points. He’s again decked the bruised and battered champ to halt him at 2:24 of the ninth rounds, in Tokyo, Japan.
Yaegashi didn’t utilize his footwork as expected and surprisingly mixed it, from the second round on, showing great gameness. Yet Gonzalez was a much better boxer than Yaegashi, whose face was puffed and whose left eyebrow was badly swollen due to the Nicaraguan’s accurate, constant and effective combinations.
Before the stoppage, the interim scores were: Steve Morrow and Hubert Minn (both US) both 79-72 and Fernando Barbosa (US) 80-71, all for Gonzalez. The referee was Michael Griffin (Canada).
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
WBC supervisor: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico).