Akira Yaegashi vs. Roman Gonzalez: Preview and Prediction for Title Fight

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Akira Yaegashi vs. Roman Gonzalez: Preview and Prediction for Title Fight
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This Friday in Tokyo, WBC and lineal flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi defends his title against Roman Gonzalez, as the undefeated Nicaraguan superstar makes a bid to become a world champion in his third division. 

Gonzalez is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, ranked No. 9 by The Ring. Fighters in the lowest divisions rarely get the respect they deserve, but Gonzalez is a special case who should break out and garner bigger recognition with the media and fans. 

But first he's got to claim a title at 112 pounds. And he'll have to do it on the road, in front of the champion's home crowd. 

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