Yaegashi keeps WBC flyweight crown

Updated 18 August 2013
0

Yaegashi keeps WBC flyweight crown

TOKYO: Japan’s Akira Yaegashi made the first successful defense of his World Boxing Council flyweight title Monday with a unanimous points decision over Mexican challenger Oscar Blanquet.
Yaegashi, 30, used his speed to try to catch Blanquet, while the Mexican relied on his reach advantage to keep the champion at bay.
But as the fight wore on the Japanese connected with a number of body blows, and a straight right in the eighth round put his opponent on the canvas.
“I fought in a way that was far from perfect. I have a lot of things to improve. I must work harder, otherwise I cannot keep on winning,” Yaegashi said.
“I am still an untested champion but I want your warm support.”
At the end of the fourth round, the two fighters were even at 39-37, 37-39, 38-38, but after the half-way point Yaegashi’s body blows began to connect and wear the challenger.
In the eighth round, Canadian referee Len Koivisto slapped Yaegashi with a one-point penalty for a low blow.
But with 10 seconds left Yaegashi floored Blanquet with a straight right for an eight count.
At the end of the round the Japanese was ahead on points 76-74, 77-73 and 77-73.
The Mexican chased with wide-swinging punches but the champion countered with right hooks to keep the points gap intact.
After 12 rounds American judge Don Griffin and Thai judge Noppharat Sricharoen identically scored it 116-110, while South Korean Lim Jun-Bae carded it 115-111.
The win stretched Yaegashi’s record to 18 wins, nine of them by knockout, with three defeats.
For Blanquet, 28, it was his sixth loss against 32 wins, 23 of them inside the distance, and one draw.
Yaegashi, who stepped up two divisions since reigning as a World Boxing Association minimum weight champion, won the flyweight title in April by outpointing fellow Japanese Toshiyuki Igarashi.


Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

Updated 24 April 2019
0

Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

  • Erikssen’s long-range strike gave Spurs the win over Brighton

LONDON: After bombarding the Brighton goal without success throughout the game, Tottenham was getting frustrated.
So frustrated that, with Harry Kane’s injury depleting Tottenham’s striking options, out-of-favor Vincent Janssen was summoned from the bench for his first appearance in 20 months for the final 10 minutes.
In the end, though, it was a more familiar name that delivered the breakthrough. Christian Erikssen’s long-range strike inside the near post gave Spurs a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday that kept his team’s bid for a Champions League spot on track.
The goal finally came in the 88th minute when the Dane was teed up by Dele Alli and squeezed the ball beyond the reach of diving goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
The goal nudged Tottenham three points clear of Chelsea in fourth Champions League qualification place. Arsenal is a further point behind in fifth place ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton.
By conceding a late goal, Brighton was denied a point in its bid to stay in the Premier League and remains three points ahead of Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place.
But another of Brighton’s relegation rivals also conceded late — after scoring early.
The earliest-ever goal in a Premier League game.
Shane Long netted after 7.69 seconds for Southampton but Andre Gray leveled in the 90th minute to grab a 1-1 draw for Watford.
Southampton is three points ahead of Brighton and six clear of the drop zone with three games remaining.