Earlier this year we reported that Tran Van Thao (11-0, 8) [Trần Văn Thảo] would be making his US debut in April. Now we have a lot more details of that bout.
As per the original report the Vietnamese fighter will be fighting in Florida, with the date of the bout now being set on April 12th. The bout will be for a lightly regarded WBF "world" title, presumably at Super Flyweight though that was unconfirmed, and will see the unbeaten Thao battle against Argentina's Lucas Emmanuel Fernandez (12-2-1, 9).
Thao, originally dubbed the "Vietnamese Mayweather" though now going by the nickname of "The Trigger", made huge news in his homeland in 2017 when he won an interim regional WBC title. Following that title win he has has picked up 4 low profile wins, all in Thailand. This bout with Fernandez is huge news in Vietnamese, but those circles are certainly small and he's not a given to actually win the bout, and a loss could be a big hit the growing Vietnamese scene.
Fernandez is a 27 year old who made his debut in 2013 as a Flyweight. He has fought mostly in Argentina, though his last 2 bouts have been on the road, stopping Joshua Franco in Puerto Rico and losing to Gideon Buthelezi in South Africa. Although he's seemingly been selected to make Thai look good he is very much a live opponent here and won't be sharing the ring with Thao to just roll over and improve the Vietnamese fighters profile.
At the moment details in regards to TV are yet to be announced, though its seen as likely that the Vietnamese fans will be getting the bout shown live, some how.
Next weekend Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] will make his US debut, as he takes on WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26) in Texas.
Today the unbeaten Japanese fighter departed from his homeland, flying out of Narita airport.
The fighter was accompanied by his team, which includes his promoter, trainer and Japanese Middleweight champion, Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登].
Inoue stated that he was 2.5KG's, about 5.5lbs, over the Light Middleweight limit, but that was intended, and it seems like the weight will easily come off for the weigh in.
Related - Inoue looks to upset WBO champion Munguia!
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Earlier today Boxmob reported that former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7) [大石 豊] had opened a new boxing gym in Osaka.
The "Oishi Fitness and Boxing Gym", is for amateurs only, at least for the time being.
The focus of the gym appears to be youngsters, and it's located close to a high school and junior high school, with Oishi encouraging youngsters to turn up and use the gym's facilities.
At the moment it's only a small gym, but the hope seems to be to build it up and become a pro-boxing gym in 5 years time.
We want to wish Mr Oishi the best with this project, and it's great to see that he is staying busy in retirement following his loss to Ratchasi Sithsaithong in 2017.
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Just a few short days ago we reported the news that Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) would be defending the WBO Minimumweight title against Japan's Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] on February 26th at the Korakuen Hall. At the time of that announcement there was no details on the under-card. Today however we were informed of a number of fighters on the under-card, including several top prospects from the Watanabe Gym.
As previously predicted we will see teenage sensation Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] in action on the show. He will be involved in a 6 round bout at Minimumweight, though his opponent for the bout hasn't been announced. He's expected to be in the ring in again in April, as part of a show in Fukuoka, so we're not expecting to see this bout be too much of a test for the 19 year old.
In a major supporting bout Shu Utsuki (3-0, 2) [宇津木 秀] will be up against Japanese based Filipino Jerry Castroverde (10-5, 5), who will be fighting under the promotion of Nobuhiro Ishida for the second time, following a loss in December to Tae Il Atsumi. This will be an 8 round bout at a contracted 60KG.
Another big supporting 8 round bout will see the 2017 Rookie of the year Fumiya Fuse (7-0, 1) [富施郁哉] take on Naoto Mizutani (5-5-1, 2) [水谷直人], in an 8 round bout at Bantamweight. We're expecting to see really big things from the 20 year old Fuse this year, and this is a decent way to kick off the year, following an impressive outing in Daejeomn back in October.
We also believe that the show will feature the debut of former amateur stand out Suzumi Takayama (0-0) [高山 涼深], though details on his bout are unclear at the moment, other than being a 6 round contest.
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