The bout will be one of two title bouts on the show, Dangan 220, alongside the recently announced Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout between Mugicha Nakagawa (24-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Ryoichi Tamura (11-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who battle for the vacant title on the same show.
It appears that with the New Year's Eve show in Tokyo now looking to be scrapped Ono's shot at a world title has been put on ice, though could be organised for later in 2019 if he gets past Tanaka, which isn't actually a given. It's a shame that Wanheng's first bout on international soil has been delayed, though hopefully he will end up fighting a notable name in early 2019 himself, after his stay busy bout later this month.
With Dangan 220 now being a Japanese title double header we would expect Dangan to live stream the show on Boxingraise, so fingers crossed on that as well!
Earlier today it was revealed that Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] had officially vacated the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, and would not be defending it during the 2019 Champion Carnival. Instead he will be focusing on getting a world title shot in the new year.
The talented southpaw, who lost by TKO in 11 rounds against Jonathan Guzman in his only prior world title fight, won the belt earlier this year when he stopped Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] in an excellent performance.
At the moment Wake is ranked by the WBC, #7 at Super Bantamweight, the IBF, #4 at Super Bantamweight and the WBA, strangely #4 at Bantamweight. Amazingly however he is unranked by the WBO, who have some very questionable rankings at 122lbs.
Today's announcement may mean that something is already lined up for the popular fighter, with a potential IBF or WBA eliminator certainly on the table for him, or even a straight shot a world title.
The JBC have revealed that the vacancy will likely be filled at the Champion Carnival with a bout between Mugicha Nakagawa (24-5-1, 14) [武田勇太], who earned his shot at the belt back in October, and former title challenger Ryoichi Tamura (11-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who challenged in 2017 and gave Kuga fits before losing a competitive decision.
The Super Bantamweight division is red hot in Japan, with so many great fighters at 122lbs. Tomorrow we'll see two of those face off as they compete in a Japanese title eliminator.
Those fighters are Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也] who fight for the right to challenge for the Japanese title at the 2019 Champion Carnival, potentially leading to a fight against Shingo Wake.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in.
At the weigh in Nakagawa came in at 122lbs, bang on the divisional limit, and offered Okamoto a bottle of iced tea at the weigh in whilst looking relaxed and calm, almost playful. Okamoto on the other hand was 121.7lbs and was talking about using his natural size to defeat Nakagawa.
Related - Nakagawa and Okamoto to fight in Japanese eliminator!
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On October 12th Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get an incredible card featuring 6 Japanese challenger decision bouts, including a Super Bantamweight bout between Mugicha Nakagawa (23-5-1, 14) [武田勇太] and Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也] and a Light Welterweight contest between Koki Inoue (11-0, 10) [浩樹井上] and Marcus Smith (6-0-1, 6).
Thankfully this show isn't just limited to fight fans at the Korakuen Hall with the online streaming and video on demand service Boxingraise announcing they will be broadcasting the show live over their service, for all subscribers.
The winners of the 6 bouts will advance to the 2019 Champion Carnival early next year, meaning they will fight for Japanese titles, showing the significance of the card, so to get the entire show live over Boxingraise is a real unexpected treat and a chance to get a look at future title challengers and leading domestic contenders.
It's worth noting Boxingraise are currently offer a free 1 month trial to new subscribers, so the timing of this show couldn't be at a better time and it really worth giving the trial a shot, especially with the addition of at least 7 other on demand shows being added in October!
For those interested in the trial click here.
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