German media has been reporting that WBO Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25) will be making his first title defense since reclaiming the title from Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28) on June 29th. His opponent, rather surprisingly is Japanese fighter (and current OPBF champion) Yuzo Kiyota (23-3-1, 21).
The 29 year old Kiyota is currently ranked #12 by the WBO will be looking to create history in 2 separate ways, both of which would see his name in the record books, if he wins.
Firstly he would be the first ever Japanese world champion at 168lbs, in fact he'd be the first world champion above Middleweight to come form Japan. This would see him breaking the record of Shinji Takehara (who claimed the WBA Middleweight title in 1995).
The second way would be even more historic as it would see Kiyota becoming the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title.
Although we've known for a while that the JBC (Japan Boxing Commission) had agreed to allow Japanese fighters to fight for the WBO titles, only Toshiaki Nishioka has actually fought for one.
Whilst Kiyota will be going in as a major under-dog (if, the bout is confirmed) he'll know that with his power he has a chance to genuinely make a name for himself and cement his place in boxing folk lore.
Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38) who has been out of the ring since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez in December has announced his return to the the ring.
Pacquiao will be facing American action fighter Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (31-1-1, 23) in Macau. The details of the card are still sketchy though it's expected to be on November 24th and we're also expecting Zou Shiming on the undercard.
Rios was expected to finish a trilogy with Mike Alvarado though with a prospective Pacquiao bout is worth much, much more to Rios bank balance and legacy.
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