in his last 5 bouts. Although that's a poor run it is worth noting that he has been matched hard with losses to Paul Butler, Cristofer Rosales and Felix Alvarado.
It's worth noting that Magramo is world ranked by all 4 major world title bodies coming into this bout and will not only be risking his Oriental title but also those world rankings, and a loss will seriously set his career back. A loss would however be considered a big upset.
Back in July we saw talented Japanese youngster Reiya Konishi (16-1, 6) [小西伶弥] battle hard to score a 12th round win over the determined Orlie Silvestre, to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title. Since then we've not seen Konishi in the ring.
Thankfully it appears an announcement about his return is just around the the corner with the fighter revealing some details of his next bout.
The fun to watch fighter from the Shinsei gym revealed that he would be fighting again on December 1st at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium against a yet to be named opponent. The only details that he did really reveal was that the bout would be "important" to becoming a "world champion next year". Things like that suggest it could be a world title eliminator, and with Konishi having top 15 world rankings with the WBA (#5), WBO (#5) and WBC (#13) that's a very real possibility. However it could just as easily be a tune up bout for a world title fight in early 2019.
It appears that details will be revealed in the coming weeks as we continue to see the schedule for the end of the year fill out, and it's clear that December will be a packed month from start to end, even if announcements haven't yet been made for the biggest shows of the month.
Union Boxing Promotions recently revealed that they were talking to teams from Japan, Thailand and the Dominican republic in regards to challenging their man Artem Dalakian (17-0, 12).
Dalakian, an Azeri-born Ukrainian, is the current WBA Flyweight champion and is planning to make a voluntary defense of his title in December.
We have long seen Thai fighter Dennapa Kiatniwat(20-1, 15) [เด่นนภา ตราใบห่อ], aka Sarawut Thawornkham, being linked to a bout with champion, with Thai sources suggesting he was close to a deal. His compatriot Noknoi Sitthiprasert (68-5, 42) [นกน้อย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] is also thought to be in the running for a shot.
The Dominican fighter is almost certainly Gregorio Lebron (21-4, 16), who twice fought Stamp Kiatniwat for the interim title.
Things are a little less clear when it comes to the Japanese fighter, as there are no Japanese fighters currently ranked by the WBA at Flyweight. This could mean that a fighter is considering moving up, or down, in weight too face Dalakian, or that someone is set to find themselves in the next round of WBA rankings, such as recent WBO champion Sho Kimura (17-2-2, 10) [木村翔] .
With the bout planned for December we're expecting to see an announcement made in the coming weeks, and it's going to be interesting to speculate on which fighter may be next to face off with the unbeaten champion.
(Image courtesy of Union Boxing)
Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see Japanese prospect Seiya Tsutsumi (4-0, 3) [堤聖也] Jiaqi Yu (0-2)* in a 1-sided 6 round bout that saw Tsutsumi dip his toes at Featherweight.
The bout was put together on short notice though that hardly seemed to matter to Tsutsumi who looked full of energy and continually forced Yu backwards. To his credit the Chinese local really showed fantastic survival instincts but gave little in terms of offense with Tsutsumi continually chasing him.
After 6 rounds credit needed to be given credit for surviving, but was beaten 60-54, twice, and 60-52 on the judges score cards.
Tsutsumi's next bout is currently set for December 1st against with Matcha Nakagawa (13-1-1, 5) [武田航] at the Korakuen Hall, in what will be Tsutsumi's first bout against a Japanese ranked foe and should be a much stiller test than today's win.
*Denotes assumed record.
This past Friday we saw Hironobu Matsunaga (14-1, 8) [松永 宏信] secure his place in the 2019 Champion Carnival as the mandatory challenger for the Japanese Light Middleweight title. He booked his place there by stopping veteran Koshinmaru Saito (24-10-2, 13) [斉藤伸介] in 4 rounds.
What's unclear is who Matsunaga will be fighting at the Champion Carnival as the Japanese Light Middleweight title is currently split. The regular champion is Nobuyuki Shindo (20-4-1, 8) [新藤寛之], who has been injured since his title win back in May when he damaged his hand. The injury to Shindo has lead to Akinori Watanabe (37-7, 31) [渡部あきのり] becoming the interim champion, thanks to a very impressive performance in August.
We now know that Shindo and Watanabe will duke it out on December 20th to unify the title and book their place as the champion leading into the new year, and to secure themselves a fight against Matsunaga.
The bout will be Shindo's first since his injury, which was a serious hand injury, whilst Watanabe will be fighting for not only the first time since his interim title victory but also the first time since revealing that his daughter is suffering with leukemia, thought he has stated that treatment is going well.
We suspect that the December Dangan card will see at least 1 more big domestic being announced for it, though at the moment details are very scarce.
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