Earlier this week saw reports break of a WBA Light Flyweight world title fight between Japan's Reiya Konishi (15-0, 5) [小西伶弥] and Venmezuela's Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16). Today that bout was officially announced with Shinsei promotion's head honcho Masato Yamashita holding a press conference to announce the bout, and confirm a March 18th world title double header, along side the WBO Minimumweight title bout between Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4) [山中 竜也] and challenger Moises Calleros (28-7-1, 16).
For Konishi, a former Japanese Minimumweight champion, the bout will serve as his first world title bout and his first contest against a non-Asian opponent. In fact it will be the first time he has fought an opponent from outside of Japan and Thailand. At today's press conference he seemed to feel that this was going to be his chance to shine and that the move up in weight will help him show off his power and it almost sounded like he was struggling to make the Minimumweight division.
For Canizalez the bout will be his second world title bout, and comes more than a year after his draw with current WBA "unified", IBF and Ring Magazine champion Ryoichi Taguchi. Interestingly that previous title bout also came in Japan and since then he has has strung together 3 stoppage wins back in Venezuela.
The bout is for a title that the WBA created when the aforementioned Taguchi unified the WBA title with the IBF title, back at the very end of 2017, to become the WBA's "Unified" champion. It might only be a seconday title but the winner will be pushed towards a bout with Taguchi later in the year. That could mean a rematch between Taguchi and Canizales or an all-Japan bout between Konishi and Taguchi, both of which would be notable bouts.
At the moment details regarding things like TV haven't been announced, but with the card being a double world title card it's almost unthinkable for it to not get some sort of TV coverage.
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