Earlier this week the WBO denied Shiming's request for an immediate rematch with Kimura, and today ordered the champion to begin negotiations for a mandatory title defense against fellow Japanese fighter Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸], himself a former WBC Flyweight champion.
At the moment the two sides haven't come close to a deal, though both have made it clear that they will look to make one as quickly as they can, with both fighters already in good condition and ready to begin their camps.
Whilst Kimura's career has really taken off in recent times, especially with his big win for the title back in July, Igarashi's career has been a bit frustrating. That frustration certainly peaked after his last bout, which saw the Teiken man left with a serious injury, and a technical draw, following a nasty head clash with Miguel Cartagena. It appears those injuries have healed but but the Caragena bout has been his only contest in 12 months, and he has fought just 20 rounds in the last 24 months.
The fight is expected to be sorted shortly, and could well take place before the end of 2017.
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