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Yaegashi retains WBC crown Rigondeaux set to clash with Agbeko

TOKYO, Dec 6, (Agencies):  Japan’s Akira Yaegashi defended his WBC flyweight title for a second time after beating Mexican challenger Edgar Sosa with a unanimous decision in Tokyo on Friday. Neither fighter managed a knock-down over 12 rounds at sumo mecca Ryogoku Kokugikan, but 30-year-old Yaegashi took the decision 116-112, 117-111, 117-111 to improve his record to 19 wins and three defeats with nine knock-outs. Former Mexico City cab driver Sosa was looking to win his first world title since losing the WBC light flyweight belt he successfully defended 10 times from 2007-09, but instead saw his record fall to 49 wins and eight defeats with 29 knock-outs. “First of all I’m relieved to win,” said Yaegashi, who won the title from compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi in April and successfully defended it against Mexican Oscar Blanquet in August.
“I’m sorry for the fans that I couldn’t put on a more interesting fight. Looking to the future, I’m going to focus on every fight as it comes.” In an earlier bout, London Olympic middleweight gold-medallist Ryota Murata beat American Dave Peterson with a final-round technical knock-out (TKO) in the second fight of his pro career.

Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux makes his return to the ring Saturday for the first time since his dominating victory earlier this year over Nonito Donaire. Seven months after his career-best victory, the undefeated Rigondeaux will be defending his World Boxing Association super bantamweight title against former two-time champ Joseph Agbeko Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall venue. The 33-year-old Rigondeaux (12-0, eight knockouts) easily defeated Donaire by a unanimous decision in April and will be looking for another strong performance against veteran Agbeko.

St Louis southpaw Devon Alexander puts his International Boxing Federation welterweight world title on the line when he faces unbeaten fellow American Shawn Porter on Saturday. Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs), who captured the IBF belt by beating Randall Bailey in a 12-round bout on October 2012, insists Porter doesn’t have the talent to take the title away at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn. The undefeated Porter, who is the same age, will be making the first title shot of his career and will be hoping to improve on his 22-0-1 record. “We are going to mix it up,” challenger Porter said. “I’ve seen a few of his fights. He’s going to scrap.”
Alexander said Porter reminds him of when he was younger. “I am putting myself in Porter’s shoes,” he said. “I know what it is like to get excited for a world title match.” Alexander now expects to fight on a regular basis at 147 pounds. “After this fight we can expect bigger and better things. I’ll be a major player at 147 pounds,” he said.

Yo, Adrian, Rocky devotees are gonna run now, a grueling tribute to their mythical champ. Nearly 35 years after Rocky Balboa returned for his first sequel, Philadelphia’s favorite adopted son has inspired city runners to go to the distance. Rocky’s faithful followers are set to run a 50K that will end, of course, triumphantly atop the art museum steps. The fictitious fighter left as a big a cultural imprint on Philadelphia as any American founding father, and hundreds of runners are expected to follow in his championship footsteps, truly, through the streets, steps and past the statue he showcased to the world through six movies. Philadelphia’s debut Rocky Run kicks off Saturday just around the corner from the house where Balboa lived in “Rocky II.”

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