On day 1 of the convention the WBO spoke about those regional title fights break up the two regional titles that the WBO have in "our area".
In the last 12 months there have been 17 WBO Asia Pacific title bouts which have resulted in just over $28,000 worth of revenue for the WBO. They are expecting a further 5 bouts for Asia Pacific titles before the year of and that should bring the figure well over $30,000. It's not a huge sum but it does show that the title is growing in popularity and that it's becoming a more recognised belt than it was a year ago.
What wasn't mentioned about the Asia Pacific title is that it's becoming a staple in both China and Thailand. Thailand hosted 6 of the 17 bouts whilst China hosted 5 of them. We suspect those number will grow remarkably in 2015 with WBO Asia Pacific titles becoming a regular thing.
The WBO belt for most of Asia is the WBO Oriental title which has seen more activity than the Asia Pacific belt, which also covers Australia. The Oriental title has featured in 30 bouts and totaled more than $44,000 in sanctioning fees for the WBO. Apparently this has been a huge rise from last year and will have helped the WBO realise how important the area is.
Of course in the last 12 months or so the WBO has also seen it's world title become gradually more accepted in Japan. Of course Tomoki Kameda is the first Japanese man to win a WBO world title whilst several female fighters have picked up female WBO belts and we still know that Katsunari Takayama has his eyes set on winning the Minimumweight belt to complete his grandslam. The Philippines is one of the recognised markets for the WBO with both Donnie Nietes and Manny Pacquiao bringing attention to the title and we suspect Thailand will get in on the mix a bit more next year with several Thai's holding solid WBO rankings.