Former WBA Super Flyweight champion Tomonobu Shimizu will return to the ring for one final "bout" on October 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
The former world champion, who has been out of the ring since being stopped by Tepparith Kokietgym back in April 2012 will not be having a competitive contest however, instead he will be taking part in a public sparring session with Kaneko stablemate Hidenori Otake, the current Japanese Super Bantamweight champion.
The "bout" is accompanied by 10 competitive contests in a show dubbed "Golden Child Boxing 107" and will feature Akihiro Kondo's bout with Masashi Noguchi.
Japanese promotional power house Teiken recently announed what could only be described as a super card for November 10th this year.
The show to be held at the 13,000 seat sumo hall "Ryōgoku Kokugikan" will feature Shinsuke Yamanaka defending his WBC Bantamweight title against former world title challenger Alberto Guevara and Jorge Linares challenging Richar Abril for the WBA Lightweight title.
Not only are we expecting those two world title fights but we've also seen the names of Roman Gonzalez and Takahiro Ao penciled in for the show, albeit in non-title bouts and against yet to be announced opponents.
It's fair to say that this card has the potential to easily sell out the 13,000 seats even with out much else of note on the card just due to the two excellent title fights.
For those wondering about Ryota Murata, he is very unlikely to be on this card though he is expected back in the ring in December however an opponent has yet to be named.
The past few days has seen news breaking that WBA "super" champion at Bantamweight, Anselmo Moreno, has given the green light to WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Koki Kameda to have an "interim fight" before the two clash either later this year or very early next year.
Moreno's advisor Sampson Lewkowicz has said the Panamanian has no objections to an interim fight if the two men will fight in their mandatory bout in the coming months. Interestingly however for this to happen it would mean Koki would fight twice in a matter of around 4 months (and 3 times in the space of 6 months, if we include the bout in July with John Mark Apolinario).
Whilst we truly believe the Panamanian has agreed to this in good faith, having passed on an opportunity to fight rising Mexican Leo Santa Cruz on November 2nd we're not truly confident that Koki has made this agreement in equal faith.
The fans calling for Koki to fight a genuine top Bantamweight has been an ongoing thing for a while, yet he has shown no inclination of fighting compatriot Shinsuke Yamanaka. We wouldn't imagine he'd be happy to face Moreno.
The cynics in us think that his "interim bout" won't even be at 118lbs. Koki has said, on record, that he could make 115lbs and wants to be a 5 weight world champion. It wouldn't be a big surprise if he has seen a weak link at Super Flyweight for him to attack to claim a fourth divisional world title. Maybe we're being harsh but could we be more likely to see Koki Kameda v Liborio Solis in 2014 than Koki Kameda v Anselmo Moreno?
Earlier this week, former world champion, Yoko Gushiken made a major announcement as he said WBA Female Super Flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (22-3-3, 18) will defend her title against unbeaten compatriot Naoko Fujioka (10-0, 6), the current WBC Minimumweight champion.
The bout, set for November 13th is expected to be a sure fire winner though it's fair to say that the Gushiken managed Yamaguchi will be a clear favourite being the naturally bigger fighter.
Aged 35 the hard hitting Super Flyweight champion will be seeking the 3rd defense of her title. She has proven to be one of the truly hard hitters in female boxing and has adapted well after first being a javelin thrower.
Unbeaten in 10 bouts Fujioka is actually 3 years older than the defending champion though has proven that age is just a number on several occasions, most notably her victory over the much younger Anabel Ortiz in 2011 and Victoria Argueta last year.
On Wednesday this week both Ryo Miyazaki and Kazuto Ioka, unbeaten stablemates at the Ioka Gym, successfully defended their WBA titles.
Immediately after his win, Miyazaki made it clear that he had the intention of vacating his Minimumweight title to move up to Light Flyweight, the division that Ioka himself holds the WBA belt in.
It appears that Miyazaki's movement may trigger a slight domino effect with Ioka himself moving up to Flyweight and vacating his belt as he attempts to become Japan's second 3-weight champion, following in the footsteps of the controversial Koki Kameda.
Although some in the Japanese press have already slated Ioka for even contemplating such a move, comparing his rise through the weights as similar to Koki's it's fair to say that the move may well make an awful lot of sense.
The Light Flyweight division is, at the moment, a relatively weak one. Take out Roman Gonzalez, a man some are saying Ioka is avoiding and you have a division totally void of any real names. Sure you have Adrian Hernandez, Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero though none of those three are really great names and it's unlikely that a unification with any of those 3 would ever be made anyway.
At Flyweight however you have arguably the best division in the sport. A move from 108lbs to 112lbs isn't a move to an easy title but instead it's a move that's testing.
A look at the title holders at Flyweight gives you Akira Yaegashi (WBC and Linear champion), Juan Francisco Estrada (WBA "Super" and WBO), Juan Carlos Reveco (WBA "regular" champion) and Moruti Mthalane (IBF). If you want to try and claim there is an easy title amongst them then you're seriously kidding yourself.
If Miyazaki moves up we'd expect Ioka to follow suit, opening the door to Miyazaki fighting for the WBA Light Flyweight title, as he did when he moved up from Minimumweight. Though we've got to admit we don't know what route Ioka would take to a Flyweight title, and in all honesty, we'd love him against any of the champions.
One of several interesting sub-stories to all of this is that less than a week ago we were hearing a rumour that Gonzalez was hunting a December 31st date with Juan Carlos Revecco in Japan. Could it be that Gonzalez and Ioka are on a collision course at 112lbs anyway? Or will Ioka instead hunt for the WBC title currently held by Akira Yaegashi giving Yaegashi a chance to avenge his most recent loss.
Interesting a second sub-story revolves around super prospect Naoya Inoue, a man who seems intent on beating Ioka's national record of "fewest fights to a world title". Ioka's record of 7 fights, is expected to be broken by Inoue who, after just 4 fights, is expected to be ranked in the top 10 by both the WBC and WBA (when their ranking's are next updated).
Could we see Inoue v Miyazaki for the WBA Light Flyweight title on a show at the end of the year?
We have a lot of questions, a lot of speculation though the "news" if you will, is that both men look set to move up.
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