Earlier this month numerous Chinese sources reported that Yongqiang Yang (13-0, 10) [杨永强], was set to challenge WBO Super Featherweight champion Jamel Herring (21-2, 10) in February. It now appear that that bout is not taking place, though Yang is still set to get a very interesting bout regardless.
The unbeaten Chinese fighter is instead set to face off with former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪], in what would seem like a pretty obvious world title eliminator, between rising unbeaten and former champion.
For Yang the bout is a major step up in class, with his best win to date being a controversial one against former Ito foe Takuya Watanabe, whilst it will be Ito's second bout since losing the WBO title to Herring earlier this year.
The bout will be part of a show in early February in China, set to be headlined by Jose Carlos Ramirez (25-0, 17) and Viktor Postol (31-2, 12), with Yang obviously drawing out the local support to fill the venue in Haikou.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (26-2-1, 14) [伊藤 雅雪] pick up his latest win, as he defeated Indonesian Ruben Manakane (25-19-1, 14), despite suffering a badly swollen right eye.
Ito took control of the bout early with his jab, keeping the smaller man at range and targeting his body. To his credit Manakane showed his toughness early on, and had a break through in round 2, albeit an accidental one, as a headclash left Ito with a swollen right eye. The damage to Ito's face left him struggling to gauge things slightly, and he was caught with some other hand shots from Manakane as a result.
Despite the effort from Manakane he was never landing enough to take a round from Ito, who showed composure despite the injury. In round 4 Ito dropped Manakane for the first time. Manakane got through round 5 with no issues but was dropped again in round 6, from a big straight hand. Manakane got applause by getting up, after the second knockdown, but was dropped again and the referee waved off after the third knockdown of the fight.
For fans wanting to watch this, it won't be made available until close to the end of the month, with Fuji TV set to air it on September 28th.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall we'll see former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] fight in a Lightweight bout as he takes on Indonesian foe Ruben Manakane (25-18-1, 14). The bout is Ito's first since losing the WBO world title to Jamel Herring, and will see testing the water at 135lbs.
Today Ito and Manakane took part in their weigh in and both came in under the Lightweight limit.
On the scales Ito was around 134.25lbs and looked in good shape, though not as ripped as he did when he was needing to hit the scales at 130lbs. He looks a bit more hydrated and generally less drained. Manakane on the other hand came in much lighter, at 131.4lbs.
Ahead of the bout Ito spoke about wanting to make a statement and try to get a chance at the end of the year, as he does want to become a world champion again. As for Manakane there was respect from the Indonesian to Ito, but he seemed confident in his power and was suggesting that he could spring the upset, which would be one of the most notable of the year if he manages it.
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We've known for a little over a month that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] would be returning to the ring on September 13th. Sadly what we didn't know was who he would be fighting.
Today we finally saw his opponent for the being announced, and unfortunately it's not someone worth getting excited about.
The bout, which is a home coming for Ito following his title loss to Jamel Herring, will see the Japanese fighter take on Indonesian foe Ruben Manakane (25-18-1, 14).
The 26 year old Manakane turned professional in 2011 and has been a regional journeyman, padding his record in Indonesia and losing on the road to the likes of Billy Dib, Luke Jackson, Marlon Tapales and AJ Banal. It's almost a given he will pick up another loss here to the world class Ito.
Whilst the main event is disappointing the rest of the card is worth getting excited about, with a great Japanese Featherweight title bout between Reiya Abe (19-2-1, 9) [阿部 麗也] and Ryo Sagawa (7-1, 4) [佐川遼], a Japanese Super Bantamweight title eliminator between Ryoichi Tamura (12-4-1, 6) [田村 亮一] and Gakuya Furuhashi (25-8-1, 14) [古橋大輔] and a Japanese youth Light Flyweight title bout, as Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] faces Shisui Kawabata (2-0, 2) [川端嗣穂].
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