Sources in Nicaragua have reported that a deal has been reached for Thai fighter Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-5-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] to face off with hard hitting Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (29-2, 25) in an IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator..
The two men have both fought in world title bouts before, and both have come up short. For Fahalan his loss to Katsunari Takayama was a controversial one for the IBF Minimumweight title whilst his loss last year to Milan Melindo for the intering Light Flyweight title was incredibly close. As for Alvarado his only losses have been in world title bouts to Kazuto Ioka and Juan Carlos Reveco, and he showed in both of those that he was a world class fighter.
The bout will take place in Nicaragua, giving Alvarado the home advantage, and will take place on October 14th, with the specific venue yet to be decided.
The winner will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the September 16th bout between defending champion Milan Melindo (35-2, 13) and former WBA Minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (31-2, 10), who meet in the Philippines for Melindo's first world title defense.
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Oh boxing, you can be a crazy sport at times. Soemtimes you give us nothing to write about, nothing to dream of and little to even get excited about. Other times you give us a lot all at once, and for Japanese fans it certainly seems the end of the year is the time for excess.
Today Ohashi announced that they would be holding a world title triple header on December 30th in Tokyo.
One of those bouts, as previously reported, will see Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight titleagainst former 2-time worldchampion Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平]. That bout is set to be the main event and promise to be a fantastic test of Inoue's power and physicality, with a stoppage win being a major statement from the "Monster",
The second of the world title bouts is the worst kept secret in boxing and will see WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) defending his title against Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2) [井上 拓真], with the Inoue brothers both hoping to end 2016 as world champions. The bout is a huge step up for Takuma but his team have shown belief in his and will know that this will not be an easy ask. Tapales, making the first defense of his title, has look fantastic at times and has scored road wins over Shohei Omori and Pungluang Sor Singyu in recent bouts, showing little fear of fighting on the road.
The third title bout will see IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] defending his title, however his opponent isn't yet set. The announcement was that he would be defending his title in a mandatory against the winner of the upcoming interim title fight between Milan Melindo (33-2, 12) and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (29-4-1, 15) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์]. Worryingly however the winner of that bout will only have 5 weeks to recover and prepare for Yaegashi, leading some to question whether there is a contingency in place for Yaegashi to face an alternative opponent if Melindo and Sakkreerin Jr manage to damage each other to the point where neither will be fit for Yaegashi.
The card will be aired on Fuji TV and the channel is expected to broadcast all 3 world title bouts. The channel however isn't expected to show bouts featuring Satoshi Shimizu (1-0, 1) [清水 聡], Andy Hiraoka (7-0, 4) [平岡アンディ], Ryuji Hara (20-2, 11) [原隆二] and Koki Inoue (5-0, 4) [浩樹井上] who will likely have their bouts shown either on a Fuji sister channel or on tape delay in 2017.
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We've known for a while that Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] would be travelling to Cebu City to face Filipino Milan Melindo (34-2, 12) in a bout for the IBF "interim" Light Flyweight title on November 26th. Now we know a fair bit more about the card with the announcement of several under-card fighters.
Among those fighters are the Pagara brothers, Albert Pagara (26-1, 18), returning from his July loss to Cesar Juarez, and his older brother Jason Pagara (39-2, 24), as well as the highly touted Kevin Jake Cataraja (4-0, 3), former OPBF title challenger Jimmy Paypa (18-3-1, 6) and the heavy handed Jeo Santisima (11-2, 10).
The card, dubbed "Pinoy Pride 39" is the next in the long standing ALA series and if good opponents can be brought in for the undercard fighters then the show could be good. It's clear that Albert Pagara will be matched easier than he was last time, when he suffered his first career loss, but the other fighters could all be in interesting tests, with Jason Pagara needing a bout of note after facing limited opponents in recent years, Paypa looking to build on a career best win, Santisima looking to continue a 9 fight T/KO run and Cataraja looking to build on his exciting reputation.
Hopefully opponents will be named by the end of October at the latest.
Over the last few weeks we've been slowly drip fed information regarding an IBE "interim" Light Flyweight title bout between Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and Filipino Milan Melindo (34-2, 12).
Not it seems that the bout is finally set with a destination and a date.
According to sources in the Philippines the bout will take place in Cebu City, Philippines on November 26th.
With the bout taking place in Cebu, we'll see Melindo have home advantage for a major fight. something he's not had for his biggest fights so far with his losses being suffered in Macao and Mexico. Travelling however won't be a major issue for Fahlan who scored his biggest win in Japan, stopping Ryo Miyazaki, and was unlucky not to claim the IBF Minimumweight title in 2015 when he fought Katsunari Takayama.
At the moment the details regarding the card haven't been released but we're expecting to see details emerge shortly.
The winner of this match up will be the mandatory title challenger for Japan's Akira Yaegashi, with that bout likely to take place in early 2017.
Earlier this week Kiatkreerin confirmed that negotiations were on going for a bout between their fighter Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (29-4-1, 15) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] and Filipino Milan Melindo (33-2, 12). The two men, who were ordered to fight earlier this year, will be fighting for the IBF Interim title, and a chance to face Akira Yaegashi, likely in December.
From what we under-stand both teams are holding their cards close to their chest to try and get the best offer they can, with both teams clearly wanting home advantage to what is a hugely significantly match for both fighters.
At the moment their doesn't appear to be anything agreed between the two camps, though the allure of an end of year date with Yaegashi may see both teams rush a deal in the hopes of having their man fit and ready for a December bout in Tokyo.
If they can't reach a deal they will need to go to purse bids and there is a genuine chance that they would need to wait until next Spring to get their shot at the regular title.
IBF order Milan Melindo Vs Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr for interim title!
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