A report from Japan earlier today suggest that Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) will be defending his WBC Super Featherweight title in Las Vegas on May 3rd on the under-card of Floyd Mayweather's upcoming contest.
Although Mexican Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14) wasn't confirmed as an opponent it seems that the bout is all but signed and that it's now just a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's on the contract.
Miura, who we had hoped would kick off 2014 with a unification bout against Takashi Uchiyama, has likely taken the Las Vegas option for the obvious reasons. He will get paid very handsomely for travelling to fight Mares and will also receive the attention his talent deserves. He will also know that a win over Mares will add to his reputation as a "Mexicutioner" and that he'll have proven himself to a wider audience.
At the moment Miura is on a 7 fight winning streak since losing to Uchiyama back in 2011. Although that rematch has been long mooted it's now looking more and more unlikely to take place and will be another bout that has fallen by the way side as both men instead concentrate on other tasks at hand.
Interestingly the last 3 of Miura's wins have come against Mexican's with stoppages over Gamaliel Diaz and Dante Jardon as well as a decision over Sergio Thompson. He also holds a victory over Jorge Perez to have a total record against Mexicans of 4-0 (2).
As for Mares, who is 3 weight world champion champion having won titles at Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight and Featherweight this will be his toughest test and as far as we're aware his first fight against a Japanese fighter.
If this fight is, as we're expecting, confirmed in the next day or two we will be looking forward to a genuinely entertaining war even if it's not the war we really wanted to see next.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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