A little over a week ago we reported that a deal had been done for a WBC Light Flyweight title bout between defending champion Ken Shiro (10-0, 5) [拳 四朗] and former champion Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17) and today that fight was finally announced, with the defending champion holding a press conference to officially confirm the contest.
As had been previously reported the bout will take place as part of a stacked triple header on October 22d at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, with the other bouts being the rematch between Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] and WBA Middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21) and a WBC Flyweight title bout between defending champion Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] and French challenger Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5).
For Ken Shiro the bout serves as his first defense and will see him continue to take on high quality opponents, following a close win over Ganigan Lopez back in May. It's a really tough defense but the youngster has shone since beginning his career and has shown the tools to be one of the Japanese stars of the future, along with the likes of Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka.
As for the challenger the bout sees him returning to Japan, where Japan, where he won the title a few years ago against Akira Yaegashi and also lost it, to Yu Kimura. A highly skilled fighter Guevara is possible the best non-champion in the sport, not just at 108lbs, and holds notable wins over the likes of Mario Rodriguez, Raul Garcia, Akira Yaegashi, Ganigan Lopez and Oswaldo Novoa.
It's yet to be confirmed whether the bout will be aired live or will be shown on a tape delay, like Ken Shiro's title winning effort, but we hope to learn of those details shortly.
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