Back in August Filipino sources informed us that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (43-0, 17) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] was set to defend his title against unbeaten Filipino Dexter Alimento (11-0, 7), in November. Today however we were informed that that bout was off with Alimento's manager informing us that his charge would instead be fighting in Japan on October 13th against the fast rising Masataka Taniguchi (4-0, 4) [谷口 将隆].
Alimento's manager had indicated that Alimento Vs Wanheng had been in the works but was off, giving little information as to why. Our guess is that a bigger bout is now in the works for the champion, with some suggesting he could be facing a more established name rather than the talented, but relatively unknown, Alimento.
The bout between the unbeaten men will be staged at the Korakuen Hall and will be a really intriguing bout in it's own right.
The Filipino made a name for himself earlier this year when he claimed the WBC Youth Minimumweight title with a brilliant win over Chanchai CP Freshmart, in what was a small but notable upset. Since then Alimento has fought once, claiming the Philippines Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation Light Flyweight title with a wide decision win over Rodel Tejares.
For Taniguchi the bout is a notable step up in class however he has looked fantastic at times whilst slicing through 4 over-matched, and very limited, opponents. Although a novice, with just 4 bours and 8 career rounds, Taniguchi has been hotly tipped turning professional earlier this year following a successful amateur career and if he comes through here he could be fighting for a title in early 2017.
We're awaiting to see what the rest of this show will feature but this appears to be a genuinely brilliant match up and a real test of two young men each looking for a break out win and to move on to a potentially big bout next.
Below we've featured footage of both fighters.
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