Over the past few days we've been drip fed information about the upcoming match ups for 3 of Teiken's best fighters. Now it appears the information is becoming a bit more coherent.
The first bit of that news is that the trio of Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16), Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) and Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12) will not all be sharing a super card. What's now looking likely is that Miura will fight in November whilst Yamanaka and Ao will show a card in October, likely to be in the middle of the month and in Tokyo.
We had speculated that the 3 would be sharing a card in late October or early November though if the men, as we now understand, are going to be on 2 shows we may end up with an even better end to the year.
Yamanaka has, as mentioned before, been linked to a bout with Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16). This bout is in talks and we know that for a fact, though other names, such as Julio Ceja (27-1, 25) have also been linked to Yamanaka and we assume it comes down to who is easier to negotiate with between the two. Prior to his bout in October Yamanaka will take part in a US based training camp in Los Angeles.
Ao's possible opponents haven't been named at all though we understand that the fight will not only be on the same card as Yamanaka's but it will be world title "prelude", effectively an eliminator. This means Ao will have to be fighting an international name so it should be someone everyone is aware of.
As for Miura there is no set name though the fighter himself has mentioned WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama to the press. Sadly from what we gather the name of Uchiyama was mentioned along the lines of "if we both continue to win". Interestingly neither Miura nor Uchiyama have fought since New Years Eve and we're starting to accept that Uchiyama's career doesn't have long left, taking breaks like this won't help him if a rematch with Miura does get made down the line. From Uchiyama's point of view he should be trying to make this fight sooner rather than later. It would seem more likely that Miura would be fighting WBC #1 ranked Mexican Edgar Puerta (23-3-1, 19) though Britain's Stephen Smith (20-1, 12) has also been linked to a fight with Miura.
We hope to get more concrete details after the men finish their training camp in Chiba but it already appears that Teiken will be putting on major shows in October and November. It also seems likely that Miura won't be the only "name" in action on the November show and that could leave the door open for another of Teiken's stable to get in on a big show.
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