Over the last few weeks we've heard a lot about an IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout between former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16) and former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑]. Today that bout was finally announced at a press conference in Japan.
Iwasa, flanked by managed Celes Kobayashi, announced that terms for the bout had been agreed for December 7th and will take place at the Barclays Center in New York.
The bout had long been rumoured, with December 21st also a date that had been associated with the fight, and has come about due to injuries suffered by IBF and WBA "super" champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10), who was supposed to face unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] back in September. There is still no clear indication of when Roman will return, so having this bout made does make sense, even if we aren't huge fans of the "interim" titles.
For Iwasa the bout serves as a chance to move towards reclaiming the title he lose to TJ Doheny in 2018 whilst Tapales will be looking to move towards becoming a 2-weight champion, after a disappointingly short reign as the WBO champion at Bantamweight.
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Earlier this month we reported that former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16) and former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] were looking likely to battle on December 21st in Japan for the IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight, sharing a story from RealFight PH.
It now seems that whilst the two men will indeed face off in December the specifics aren't as first reported.
It now appears that the bout will take place 2 weeks earlier, on December 7th, in the US, as reported by Philboxing. In fact more specifically the bout will be at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the under-card to the WBC Middleweight title bout between Jermall Charlo and Dennis Hogan. It will also be part of a triple header of "world" title bouts, alongside the WBA "interim" Middleweight title bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Matvey Korobov
A bout between Iwasa and Tapales has come about due to WBA and IBF unified Super Bantamweight champion Danny Roman being injured, whilst Iwasa is the mandatory. Whilst we're not fans of interim titles this does actually make sense and it's hard complain when an interim title is used whilst a champion, especially a unified one, is injured.
According to RealFight PH former world champions will collide on December 21st to crown an interim IBF Super Bantamweight champion.
The site states that sources have informed them that former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16) will face off with former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑].
At the moment the bout hasn't been confirmed though does appear to fit in with what has been widely known.
Iwasa is the IBF mandatory for WBA/IBF unified champion Daniel Roman, who was injured earlier this year, and Tapales is the next highest ranked contender. Iwasa hasn't fought since becoming the mandatory challenger, way back in February when he beat Cesar Juarez, whilst Tapales has scored a couple of stay busy this years but nothing too meaningful.
It's already looking like Japanese promoters are looking to completely fill up the month of December with notable bouts and this fits that as well. However there is, as mentioned, nothing yet confirming this bout or where it will take place. We would assume in Tokyo, but that's certainly not a foregone conclusion.
We would expect this bout to be confirmed in the coming week or two, if it is indeed taking place. If it does then the winner of this would be very interested in the bout between Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], if or when, that takes place. It was supposed to be in September, before Roman suffered an injury in training, and has yet to be rescheduled.
Earlier today the WBA held the purse bid for their Super Bantamweight mandatory title fight between champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]. The purse bid had come about after the sides failed to reach an agreement on purses and it was a rather odd one, with only World of Boxing, the promoter of Akhmadaliev, even tabling a bid.
The bid from the Russian promoter was $145,000, a disappointingly low purse for a bout that will not only have the WBA title on the line but also the IBF title, with Roman being a unified champion following his thrilling win over TJ Doheny earlier in the year.
The bid came with 3 proposed dates and locations of the bout. Those proposals were Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 21st, St. Petersburg, Russia a week later, on September 28th; or Los Angeles, on September 14th.
Interestingly Roman had been announced for a card in Mexico in August, with that bout now looking like it could be off due to this purse bid, a purse bid that was announced as taking place over a week ago. It's also worth noting that Roman will also have an IBF mandatory due in the near future, against Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], so he may end up not being a unified champion for too long, sadly, due to the ever frustrating politics of sport and the inactivity of fighters at the top.
Originally it was assumed the two teams would come to a relatively easy agreement, given that both are co-promoted by Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn, with the champion being promoted by Thompson Boxing and Akhmadaliev being promoted World of Boxing. The fact a deal couldn't be arranged is rather worrying, though it does seem like their could be something else at play here, and we wouldn't be surprised to at least another twist in the tale for this bout.
Just moments ago DAZN confirmed the date and venue for the very highly anticipated rematch between WBC and Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3, 26).
The bout, which had been in the works for a while, will take place on April 26th at the Forum in Los Angeles, the same venue that the two fought their first bout, back in February 2018.
Their first bout saw Srisaket narrowly retain his title with a majority decision in a sensational 12 round back and forth. The bout saw the Thai icon being pushed hard late on, though his work earlier in the fight secured him the win. Since then he has scored 2 wins in Thailand whilst Estrada has picked up a couple of wins in the US.
Notably the show will also feature the IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight unification bout between TJ Doheny and Daniel Roman in an excellent match up. Interesting the winner will have several men swirling, with mandatory challengers Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], for the WBA title, and Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], for the IBF title, both eyeing up the winner.
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