Tomorrow fight fans Qinzhou Sports Center Gymnasium will be able to see a pretty notable card, featuring two title bouts.
One of those is a WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Heavyweight title bout, pitting China's Zhiyu Wu (8-2-1, 2) against Japan's Kotatsu Takehara (15-11-3, 8).
The fighters involved in that bout took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men came in at a near identical weight.
The 35 year old Chinese fighter, who is 5'11" and has faced the likes of Ian Lewison and Razvan Cojanu, came in at 242lbs and looked rather tubby. Takehara on the other hand, who is 40 years old and stands at 6'1", was only a smidge heavier at 242½lbs.
Both men know there is the potential to claim a top 40 WBC ranking with a win here and although neither man is close to a world title fight, it was still be a huge achievement for fighters at this level to claim a regional title. It's a bout that means a lot to both men, and from what we under-stand Takehara is not wanting to leave it up to the judges, as a result it could be a rather fun yet limited Heavyweight contest.
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Former WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (27-5-1, 13) has fallen hard in recent years, dropping from an unbeaten world champion with a 23-0 (12) record. It now seems like he really is fighting for his career at the age of 34
The Filipino may well be about to enter the last chance Saloon, with the recent announcement that he will be back in the ring on September 15th in Qinzhou, China. The forrmer champion will be facing off with Chinese local Jing Xiang (14-4-2, 3) in a bout for the WBC Silver Light Flyweight title.
The winner will shoot up the WBC rankings at 108lbs, and possibly find themselves on the verge of a shot at WBC champion Ken Shiro. For the loser however it would be a major set back. A loss for Sabillo would be his 6th in 10 bouts bout whilst a defeat for Xiang would would end a promising 6 fight winning run.
A second title bout on this same card see former Japanese Heavyweight title contender Kotatsu Takehara (15-11-3, 8) [竹原 虎辰] battle against Chinese foe Zhiyu Wu (8-2-1, 2) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Heavyweight title. Given that the fighters are 40 and 35 respectively we don't see this being the start of some great charge up the rankings, but both men will be looking at this as a chance to get a notable regional title at the tail end of their career.
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