Since September last year we've seen a number of WBO Asia Pacific title bouts being fought on Japanese soil. Originally their had been talk about the JBC recognising them, but the technically the titles were given a weird unsanctioned status whilst the JBC looked to see the effect of having the bouts in the country.
Today the JBC reached their decision on the regional title and stated that they were happy with the effect and will officially recognise the titles, starting from April 29th, when Genesis Servania (28-0, 11) will take on the once beaten Ralph Jhon Lulu (12-1-2, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title.
That bout will be recognised as the first officially sanctioned WBO Asia Pacific title bout in Japan.
It should be noted that the JBC see their decision as potentially a decision that will help make the title more significant in the region, as well as adding to the boxing scene in Japan.
Some fans may have wanted the title to be dropped but it now looks like it's their stay, and in our eyes that's not a bad thing, as long as the OPBF title, and Japanese title, scenes don't get too diminished as a result.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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