Earlier today we received a report from Japan stating that IBF Asia Light Flyweight champion Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (26-3-1, 15) would be defending his title on February 20th against little known Japanese foe Shunji Nagata (10-12-2, 3).
For Fahlan, the IBF #15 ranked Light Flyweight, this will be the first defence of the title he won last December when he out pointed Armando dela Cruz of the Philippines. Notably it will be his 4th fight against a Japanese foe in just 14 months and so far he is 1-1-1 against fighters from the land of the rising sun. Of course his break out win came in Japan, back on December 31st 2013, when he stopped former world champion Ryo Miyazaki in a late contender for the upset of the year, sadly he was less fortunate on his return to the country just over 3 months later when he was widely beaten by the fast rising Takuma Inoue. In his most recent bout against a Japanese opponent Fahlan fought to a draw with fellow Inoue foe Tatsuya Fukuhara.
For Nagata this will be his first title fight of any type and although he looks like a very poor opponent on paper he has actually mixed with some solid fighters. They have included Taiki Eto, Tetsuya Hisada, Myung Ho Lee and Cyborg Nawatedani. Unfortunately he has lost to all 4 of those men and was twice stopped by Hisada. Saying that however he is ranked in the top 15 by the JBC on the Japanese national scene and will know that a win here could well define his otherwise forgettable career and he may well put on a career best performance.
At the moment the details on regarding the television coverage of this bout are scarce though we are expecting that it will be aired in Thailand where the bout will take place.
(Image courtesy of http://www.kiatkreerin.com)
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