Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall were expecting to see a bout between Kinshiro Usui (22-4, 10) and Kota Sato (10-6-2, 5). Unfortunately however Usui was forced to pull out of the bout at late notice and left Sato without a legitimate dance partner. Instead of leaving Sato high and dry fans had the chance to see the 23 year old Bantamweight share the ring with the WBO #1 ranked contender Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18).
We won't pretend the sparring was anything sensational but after the spar Akaho hinted that his next bout would indeed be a world title bout.
It's no real surprise if Akaho does get a world title fight next time out, given his WBO ranking, though the interesting thing is who he will be fighting. There is a possibility that he will be facing #2 ranked contender Pungluang Sor Singyu, who scored his 50th win yesterday when he defeated Nouldy Manakane, though at the moment the WBO have yet to announce what they will be doing in regards to the vacant title position.
For those who remember the WBO Bantamweight title was recently vacated by Tomoki Kameda, ahead of this weekend's showdown with Jamie McDonnell, following the WBO sending a letter to Tomoki regarding their championship rules. In that letter they made it clear that McDonnell was not what they considered a ranked contender nor the "WBA" champion.
Interestingly Akaho seemed to suggest that he was happy to travel for the title fight. Possibly hinting at a return to the Philippines, where he fought earlier this year, or a fight in enemy territory, possibly Thailand.
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