We had known for a whilst that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 9) would be defending his belt on July 21. We later found out that Wake wouldn't just be defending the title but would be doing saw against the highly ranked Korean Jaesung Lee (17-3-2, 9).
Earlier today we found out that the Wake/Lee fight wasn't going to be the only title fight on the show as reports came out stating that Ryotaro Kawabata (10-2, 4) will be on the card fighting for the WBC Youth Super Flyweight title.
From what we understand Kawabata will be fighting Rene Dacquel (11-3, 3), though we have also heard that Kawabata would be facing former Wake opponent Jovylito Aligarbes (10-3, 4), the former holder of the title.
We expect more details of this card, and confirmation regarding who Kawabata will be fighting, to be released in the coming weeks though it's great to see that the promotional team behind the show aretrying to put on a decent co-feature.
Regarding the team behind the show we also need to applaud them for the show's new poster which we love even if it does suggest the show is all about Wake. We suspect that if Wake wins, as expected, he and his team will be pushing for a world title fight for later this year or very early next year.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
On April 10th Shingo Wake (16-4-2, 9) announced the opponent of his next OPBF Super Bantamweight title fight. Wake, who has already defended the title 3 times since winning it in March 2013, will be fighting OPBF #1 ranked challenger Jaesung Lee (17-3-2, 9).
Wake is a man who has a point to prove and a lot to lose. At the moment he is ranked by all 4 world title bodies and holds an excellent #5 position with the WBC. A loss will set him back and totally destroy the career momentum has has at the moment after 6 straight wins.
In Lee however Wake does have a good challenger. Lee is the Korean champion, he's the former IBF Pan Pacific Super Bantamweight champion and has faced one or two recognisable names such as current world champion Mikey Garcia. He is also unbeaten in Japan with a 3-0 in Japan, including an opening round blow out of Akihiro Matsumoto.
This bout, scheduled for 21st July at the Budokan in Okayama City, is likely to be Wake's final OPBF title bout before he tries to tie down a world title fight. He's in an uncomfortably tough division with the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez, Scott Quigg, Hozumi Hasegawa and Carl Frampton but would certainly deserve to share the ring with any of the top fighters in the division.
(Photo courtesy of Boxingnews.jp and Shingo Wake's own blog)
There is currently a story coming out of South Korea that suggest that there will a contest on March 15th between Jaesung Lee (16-3-2, 9) and Takuya Watanabe (20-4-1, 8) in Dalseong, South Korea.
Whilst that story doesn't sound far fetched at all. Both men are of course a similar weight, similar experience and the such the strange thing about the story is that the rumour suggest they will be fighting for an OPBF title.
Interestingly the story does actually make a lot of sense. Firstly both men are ranked in the top 10 by the OPBF. Although Lee is ranked at Super Bantamweight, where he is #1, and Watanabe is at Super Featherweight, where he is ranked 9, the story suggests they will be meeting in the middle at Featherweight. Whilst that perhaps seems a little strange both men are genuinely about to make the 126lb weight class with out any issues. Just 2 fights ago Watanabe was 125.5lbs whilst Lee has fought as high as Lightweight.
The only problem in the story about them fighting for an OPBF belt is that Hisashi Amagasa is still the champion and we don't imagine Amagasa will be giving up the title any time soon.
What we're expecting is that Lee and Watanabe will fight but the winner will merely receive a ranking at Featherweight and in fact the bout will take place a little bit above the Featherweight limit. This would possibly serve as an opportunity to create a #1 contender for the winner of Hisashi's next defense, which is expected to be just 9 days later.
If all goes to plan then this cared will be televised on MBC Sports+ in Korea.
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