We are currently lead to believe that the front runner for Simpiwe Vetyeka's first WBA Featherweight super title defense will be Japan's former world champion Akifumi Shimoda.
Vetyeka (26-2, 16) who recently dethroned the long reigning champion Chris John, was expected to be forced into a fight with Jamaica's Nicholas Walters in early 2014. Instead however it appears that Walters's promoter, Bob Arum, has managed to find some wiggle room and will instead get Vetyeka a fight with Shimoda (28-3-2, 12).
This bout is likely to help bring over Japanese gamblers to the Venetian Casino in Macau. With their money it's likely the Casino can recoup some more of the money they are spending on the shows as Arum continues to develop his growing Eastern influence.
The bout, which has been added to the "Ring of Gold" card in Macau on February 22nd, is thought to be the final big addition to a card that already features a world title fight in the form of Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13) Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18) for the IBF Lightweight title.
The first men announced for the card were Olympic gold medal winners Zou Shiming (3-0), Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) and Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1). There is also a lot of rumours that we will see several of ALA's top prospects on show as Arum attempts to showcase some of the most promising talent in Asia.
Rumour also has it that the bouts will be televised across the world with HBO2 carrying it in the US, Boxnation in the UK and CCTV 5 in China. We also expect Fuji TV to carry Murata's bout in Japan.
We're hoping that this fight does turn out to be the next one for both Vetyeka and Shimoda though it will take the WBA to be flexible for us to see it.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!