Over the weekend the WBA ordered WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] to defend his WBA "Super" title against regular champion Javier Fortuna (29-0-1-1,21). Today Watanabe made their first comments on the bout, conceding that they would indeed have to follow the order of the WBA.
The promoter, who have managed Uchiyama's career with great success, again restated that negations for a fight with Jamaican Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21) had been ongoing but will be called off due to the WBA's order.
Although the bout with Walters does seem dead in the water, at least for now, Watanabe did restate their intention to take Uchiyama abroad making a huge hint that Uchiyama will still make his US debut with a bout against Fortuna. It'd be a shame to have the bout on a lower profile card than the Pacquiao Vs Bradley III card but it does seem likely to fall on another major show in the US.
Interestingly Watanabe also stated that WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] would likely be fighting in Japan next after negotiations with Hong Kong's Rex Tso (18-0, 11) [曹星如] was called off. Although it wasn't explicitly stated by Watanabe it does seem likely that Kono will defend his title in Japan, possibly in April/May, on the same show as WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一].
(Image courtesy of Watanabe)
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