Today saw the official announcement being made as Honda Fitness held a press conference in Japan to announce that Fukuhara would indeed be facing the Thai.
Not only did the press conference confirm all the details we had previously reported but also fleshed some details out, and we now know that the bout will take place in Nakhon Ratchasima at an outdoor venue.
The press confeence saw Fukuhara thank his team for securing the fight and also spoke in depth about the historic struggle that Japanese fighters have had in Thailand in the past, with no Japanese fighter winning a world title bout in the neighbouring country. He sounded confident of changing that and it's clear that he's looking forward to the fight, with the expectation that the styles of the two men should blend well for an all-action bout.
At the moment there is little known about Japanese TV for the bout, but we do know that it will be aired in Thailand, and there is talk that the bout will act as the 2000th WBC world title fight!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)