Japanese promotional powerhouse Teiken have continued their recent signing spree by inking up the promotional rights to touted American amateur star Jesse Rodriguez (0-0), who will work with trainer Robert Garcia.
The youngster was a real amateur standout and will be looking to show case that talent in both the East and the West with Teiken expected to have Rodriguez in a Japanese ring several times in 2017 whilst also promoting him Stateside, thanks to their connections with Top Rank and Tuto Zabala.
There is no date set yet for his debut but we're expecting an early 2017 date with bouts through the year as the youngster looks to develop into a major threat at 108lbs. It's likely that signing with Teiken will help him secure title bouts and be moved quickly into major bouts, rather than the typical slow progression of fighters in the US.
The signing of Rodriguez follows similar signings of both Brian Viloria and Joselito Velazquez, who will both be fightign under Teiken in 2017.
Yesterday saw Teiken releasing the figure of the bid they used to win the up coming WBC Super Flyweight title fight between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (24-3-1, 22) and Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 24). The official figure was $302,000 (USD) a bid that was just $12,000 more than the one put forward by Srisaket's promoter Nakornloung Boxing Promotion.
That $12,000 could prove to be major value for Teiken who will get the champion outside of his homeland and give the challenger a big advantage. Against Srisaket however a small advantage like fighting at home may not be enough for Cuadras who will be fighting in his first world title fight.
Whilst Srisaket will be the travelling party he will also be better paid party collecting 70% of the purse bid, around $210,000. Not a bad pay day for a Super Flyweight champion.
This past week saw WBC purse bids called for the enticing Super Flyweight title bout between Thailand's destructive Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (24-3-1, 22) and Mexico's unbeaten Carlos Cuadras (29-0, 24). The winning bid, surprisingly, came from Japan's Teiken promotions.
We've since heard that the bout is likely to take place in May in Cuadras's homeland of Mexico.
For Teiken this is a great coup and a fantastic chance to get Srisaket outside of his comfort zone. In Thailand the champion is an excellent 24-0-1 (22) outside of Thailand however he is 0-3, including a loss to Japan's Akira Yaegashi. Those victories in Thailand include his title victory over Japan's Yota Sato last year and his only defense so far, which also came against a Japanese fighter in the form of Hirofumi Mukai.
In Cuadras we see a very talented and aggressive fighter though one who does have flaws and we're also unsure how he will cope with a monster like Srisaket going on the front foot against him. If he can cope with Srisaket's pressure then we may well have one of the best bouts of the year on our hands with two fighters who love to unload serious leather at their opponents.
Not specific venue or date has been set though we expect that both will be set sooner rather than later and with fireworks guaranteed we really cannot wait for this one!
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