Earlier today saw a press conference being held in Japan to officially announce the IBF Super Bantamweight world title eliminator between Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11) and Mike Tawatchai (35-7-1, 21), as well as the return to the ring of Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) against an as yet un-named foe.
The bout, which has been known about since March 26th, was merely waiting the official announcement which came at today's press conference.
The conference saw Wake sound highly confident of scoring the win over Tawatchai, who is the current IBF Asia champion, whilst also doing a short training session for the media.
The promoter for the bout, Kyoei gym's Keiichiro Kanehira, stated that the hope is that Wake wins and that a deal will be done quickly to get a world title bout in the fall. It seems like they'd want the bout in Japan though appear to be aware that the IBF champion, Carl Frampton (20-0, 14), is hugely popular in the UK and are aware that the bout will probably be fought in Frampton's back yard.
The long term plan from Wake's camp seems to be beating Frampton and then getting a fight with Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10) later in the year in an attempt to unify titles and move towards 1 world champion in the division. Whilst nothing's a given in this sport it's a plan that we'd like to see more fighters try and accomplish, rather than hiding behind titles or carrying one of the many pointless WBA secondary belts that the organisation appears happy to hand out.
As or Amagasa, who famously dropped Rigondeaux en route to being stopped himself late last year, his opponent yet to be named though the aim seems to be match him against a Thai opponent with his eye being on getting himself a world title shot at Featherweight in the next year or two.
Shingo Wake Vs Mike Tawatchai on June 10th will be an IBF eliminator!
Hisashi Amagasa set to return to the ring on June 10th!
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