Earlier this month we reported that OPBF Super Bantwamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) would be returning to the ring on February 27th to defend his title for the 5th time. When we reported that we noted that no opponent had been named though there had been strong suspicion that Filipino fighter Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6) was the most likely candidate for the fight. Today it turns out we were right and Paypa has officially been named as Wake's up coming opponent.
The match up has been a strange one to make with the men originally trying to get a fight made for December 30th last year before various issues forced that to be cancelled and, at one point, it seemed that Wake was heading to retirement following a real fall out with his promotional team. The result of their cancellation last year saw Paypa being contacted by a Korean promoter, Andy Kim of AK Promotions, who then lined Paypa up for a fight with Korea's Jaesung Lee for the beginning of March. That fight was it's self cancelled when Wake's team came calling for Paypa for late February.
Although this bout has only been officially announced a month before fight night it's very unlikely either man will have complaints about the notice for the fight. Paypa was, as mentioned, set to fight in March and so he'll have been in a training camp already whilst Wake has been posting up training pictures on his blog in recent days and was well aware that he would have a bout early in the year.
As well the announcement of this particular bout it was also restated that Wake would be aiming for world honours later in the year with a world title bout his clear aim for 2015. He will, of course, need to defeat Paypa for that dream to continue.
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