Although it's not rare for Dangan shows to have title bouts, in fact several recent ones have had two title bouts, it is rare for the shows to be title triple headers .Now however we know that Dangan 187, set for July 11th at the Korakuen Hall, will indeed be a title triple header.
The first of the title bouts was announced at the end of May and is a WBO female Atomweight world title as Nao Ikeyama (18-3-1, 5) [池山直] takes on exciting challenger Saemi Hanagata (13-6-2, 7) [花形 冴美]. Not long after that saw the announcement that Nihito Arakawa (29-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] would defense the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Filipino challenger Marbon Bodiongan (14-5-2, 11), in a potentially very fan friendly bout.
We now know that the third title bout of the show will see WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔] take on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26).
For Kimura he bout will be his first of the title, a title he won last year Masahiro Sakamoto, and will be his first against a former world champion. Although the bout is a huge step up in class, it does appear to be a calculated risk from Kimura's team with the Thai now fighting well above his best weight, of Minimumweight, and coming in low on confidence and on a 0-2 run in Japan.
The Thai veteran, who has suffered stoppage losses in Japan to Kazuto Ioka and Ryoichi Taguchi, begane his career 31-0-1 (17) and was the WBA Minimumweight champion in 2010-2011, but has since struggled against name worthy opponents, Ioka, Taguchi Stamp Kiatniwat and Muhammad Rachman. A win here would help him get his career back on track, but it would be a genuine upset if the Thai was to comeaway with the win here.
For fans interested, the show will be featured on boxingraise.com.
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