We have been informed that Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) will be make the upcoming defence of his IBF Flyweight title earlier than expected.
We had reported, several weeks ago, that Ruenroeng would be defended his title on September 14th against mandatory McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13). It appears that due to the Asian Games football tournament beginning on September 14th the fight has been brought forward 4 days and will now take place on September 10th.
The fight will take place at it's originally scheduled venue, Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, with only the date changing.
As we're talking about the Asian Games anyway we'd like to inform you that the boxing begins on September 23rd and the finals are on October 1st and October 3rd. We assume that the first set of finals are female bouts whilst the October 3rd are the men finals.
Earlier today we received conflicting reports regarding the much talked about contest between the WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (30-8, 13) and mandatory challenger Koki Kameda (32-1, 17).
Both sources state that Watanabe Gym have requested permission from the WBA to fight a voluntary defence in November rather than have their man wait any longer for Kameda to sort out his career and secure a gym transfer.
It seems however that our sources have received conflicting news of what the WBA have said.
One of our sources has said that the WBA have refused the request and will be ordering purse bids in October. This would almost certainly see Kameda bidding to take the fight outside of Japan due to his ineligibility to fight at home. This would leave options available for China, Macau, Philippines, Korea or even Thailand if TBS will back Kameda's bid. If TBS won't back the bid it would leave the USA or Mexico as possible venues. If Watanabe gym were to win the bid it would likely force Kameda to pull out of the fight and try to renegotiate for a title fight when he gets a gym transfer.
Our other source has told us that the WBA have accepted the proposal by Watanabe Gym and will allow Kono a voluntary bout in November. The winner of that bout would then be told to defend against Koki. This would allow Koki to sort out his issues and also allow Kono to return to the ring soon rather than keeping him pre-occupied whilst this situation gets dragged out further.
We're awaiting to see how the story to develop though hopefully it won't be dragged out any longer and the WBA will more the logical decision, though of course logic and boxing doesn't seem to work hand in hand very often.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe gym)
Earlier today on Dangan 108 Japanese fans got to see the unbeaten Masayuki Ito (15-0-1, 6) score the best victory of his career and extend his winning record as he over-came former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masao Nakamura (18-2, 18). Ito, stepping up in class in a big way, managed to make the most of his speed advantage and landed his jab regularly to force forced Nakamura to reset when he was wanting to land bombs.
The bout did see it's moments of very slow paced action but it was Ito who was landing the sharp and telling blows and although he never really hurt Nakamura he did land the scoring shots.
For Nakamura this will be a day to forget. He entered the bout ranked by both the IBF and the WBA. It's likely he'll lose both of those world rankings next time they are updated. For Ito he may be able to take the IBF ranking though it would seem likely that his focus will not be on either the Japanese title, currently held by Rikki Naito, or the OBF title, currently held by Jomthong Chuwatana.
This isn't the end for Nakamura but it does end his dreams of facing fellow KO artist Takashi Uchiyama in his next few fights. That bout between KO artists would have been fun but looking at this result it'd be hard to imagine Nakamura beating "KO Dynamite". The time to rebuild is now for Nakamura who needs to work on things if he's to have the major success he'll be hoping for.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today Ohashi Gym tweeted the poster of their September 5th show and to be honest we like it.
The poster, which can be seen opposite, features the 4 big names from the show. Japanese unbeaten Olympic champion Ryota Murata (4-0, 4) is at the top, underneath him is rising sensation Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) then we we get Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10) and of course Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33) at the bottom.
It appears that the poster has signalled that the shows official name will be "The Fight" which in all honesty sums up what the man event is. Even though it appears to follow a similar naming logic to a lot of Floyd Mayweather's bouts, such as "The One" and "The Moment" this one actually is relevant to the contest at hand and we really do expect Yaegashi Vs Gonzalez to be "The Fight".
In honesty apart from the name of the show the poster confirms what we already knew. It confirms that Fuji TV will be televising the action, something that was going to be the case with Inoue and Murata anyway, it also confirms the 3 major bouts and the the date and time.
What it adds however is an image and it's an image that we like and in fact we think we're going to see a lot of over the coming months.
We know we're not alone here but we are certainly looking forward to "The Fight", a fight that we think could be the FOTY.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
Over the past few days we've been drip fed information about the upcoming match ups for 3 of Teiken's best fighters. Now it appears the information is becoming a bit more coherent.
The first bit of that news is that the trio of Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16), Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) and Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12) will not all be sharing a super card. What's now looking likely is that Miura will fight in November whilst Yamanaka and Ao will show a card in October, likely to be in the middle of the month and in Tokyo.
We had speculated that the 3 would be sharing a card in late October or early November though if the men, as we now understand, are going to be on 2 shows we may end up with an even better end to the year.
Yamanaka has, as mentioned before, been linked to a bout with Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16). This bout is in talks and we know that for a fact, though other names, such as Julio Ceja (27-1, 25) have also been linked to Yamanaka and we assume it comes down to who is easier to negotiate with between the two. Prior to his bout in October Yamanaka will take part in a US based training camp in Los Angeles.
Ao's possible opponents haven't been named at all though we understand that the fight will not only be on the same card as Yamanaka's but it will be world title "prelude", effectively an eliminator. This means Ao will have to be fighting an international name so it should be someone everyone is aware of.
As for Miura there is no set name though the fighter himself has mentioned WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama to the press. Sadly from what we gather the name of Uchiyama was mentioned along the lines of "if we both continue to win". Interestingly neither Miura nor Uchiyama have fought since New Years Eve and we're starting to accept that Uchiyama's career doesn't have long left, taking breaks like this won't help him if a rematch with Miura does get made down the line. From Uchiyama's point of view he should be trying to make this fight sooner rather than later. It would seem more likely that Miura would be fighting WBC #1 ranked Mexican Edgar Puerta (23-3-1, 19) though Britain's Stephen Smith (20-1, 12) has also been linked to a fight with Miura.
We hope to get more concrete details after the men finish their training camp in Chiba but it already appears that Teiken will be putting on major shows in October and November. It also seems likely that Miura won't be the only "name" in action on the November show and that could leave the door open for another of Teiken's stable to get in on a big show.
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