Earlier today a story circulated around Thailand regarding former 2-time WBC Minimumweight champion Eagle Den Junlaphan (18-2, 6).
The story, which is only in Thai at the moment, seems to suggest that the former world champion is heading back to combat sports to take part in a a "Special Match" under the "Gladiator" banner of MMA, in Japan. It will be Junlaphan's first bout of any kind since his 2007 loss to Oleydong Sithsamerchai, in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
From the details released Junlaphan will be facing Japan's Era Toshihiko, who we have to admit we know nothing about, in a contest to be staged in Osaka on September 27th.
Sadly a look at the GLADIATOR website has given no clear details about the story but the Thai media seem to have gotten their hands on both the poster for the fight, something we've included, and interview with Junlaphan who confirmed the bout. The same Thai source asked boxing fans to support Junlaphan in the contest.
At the moment it's not very clear whether this will be an actual "contest" or an "exhibition" but either way it will be great to see what sort of shape the 36 year old will be in. If he's in great shape there is, albeit only a slight, hint that he may consider a real comeback to boxing.
For those unsure on what GLADIATOR is, they do MMA and Muay Thai which further makes us curious as to quite what Junlaphan has got himself in for. Hopefully however more details on this will emerge over the coming days, with maybe some information coming from Japan to try and some meat on what is otherwise a skeletal story, albeit an intriguing one.
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