Earlier this week it was announced that Japanese fighter Shingo Kawamura (11-2-1, 6) would travel to Thailand later this month to face Thailand's highly experienced Mike Tawatchai (37-8-1, 21)* in a bout for the IBF Asia Super Bantamweight title.
The experienced Tawatchai will be looking to record his third successive win since his last, last June, to Shingo Wake in what was an IBF world title eliminator. Since then Tawatchai has won, and defended the IBF Pan Pacific Super Bantamweight title. Although he has been in good form, with just 1 loss in his last 12 bouts, his competition has been questionable and it's fair to say that we are unsure just how good he is, given that he has lost to the best fighters he has faced, including Wake and Daiki Kameda.
For Kawamura this bout will bout will be will be his most significant and sees him fighting outside of Japan for the first time. The 2013 Featherweight Rookie of the Year enters the bout 2-1-1 (2) in his last 4, including a loss to Thailand's Kongthara KKP, though has won his last two bouts, with a notable stoppage win over Kota Fukuoka last year.
The bout is set to take place on January 22nd and is likely to be televised, though we have yet to hear who will be airing the card.
*Record also reported as 35-8-1 (21)
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