Kyowa to make fourth title defense

Kyodo News

Japan-based Thai boxer Eagle Kyowa will make his fourth WBC minimum weight title defense when he takes on ninth-ranked Japanese contender Akira Yaegashi on June 4, their boxing gyms said Monday.

Yaegashi has a chance to claim a world title at the fastest pace set by a Japanese boxer, if the former OPBF minimum weight champion beats Kyowa at Pacifico Yokohama in the seventh match of his career.

Former WBC bantamweight champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi and WBA super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro needed eight bouts to capture their titles.