Shinsuke Yamanaka to defend WBC belt on October 22nd again Suriyan Sor Rungvisai; Takahiro Ao to fight Juan Carlos Salgado
Earlier today Teiken announced a brilliant double header for October 22nd as a press conference held at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo.
The main event of the announced show will see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16) battle against #1 contender Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16). This bout will be a mandatory for Yamanaka and will also be his 7th defence since winning the title, against Christian Esquivel, less than 3 years ago. For Suriyan this is a chance to get back to the top of the boxing world following his short reign as the WBC Super Flyweight champion. It's worth noting that Suriyan's Flyweight reign came to an end in Japan when he battled Yota Sato in his only previous bout in Japan.
Although the announce of Yamanaka/Suriyan has only been made official today it's long been rumoured so the odds are both have had a lengthy training camp prior to today's official announcement.
The other part of the double header for the show will see former 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12) fight against former 2-time Super Featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-3-1-1, 16).
Ao, who has previously held world titled at Featherweight and Super Featherweight, has indicated his intention to chase a Lightweight world title in the near future and will know that he will need to over-come Salgado to have any chance of achieving his aim of being a 3-weight world champion. Interesting Salgado, a former IBF and WBA Super Featherweight champion, comes into this bout with his career on the rocks with back-to-back defeats though is well known in Japan for his win over Ao's stablemate Jorge Linares and loss to current world champion Takashi Uchiyama. It seems that this bout is about clever timing from Teiken though Salgado shouldn't be over-looked.
The show, which will be held at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, is likely to have more bouts announced for it in the coming week though we'd expect at least 1 other notable name to be on the show.
For those wondering about TV coverage of the show NTV will be showing it on the same day, though we're unsure about the status of the coverage and whether it will be live or on tape delay.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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