In October 2012 Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao lost the WBC Super Featherweight title in an upset loss to Mexico's Gamaliel Diaz. It's not been announced that the two men will now face off in a rematch as part of the "WOWOW Touch 2015" event.
Since their first bout Ao (27-3-1-1, 12) has had relatively good success winning 4 of his 5 bouts, the one he didn't win was later turned into a No Contest following a positive drugs test for Raymundo Beltran. As for Diaz (38-13-3, 17), things have been much less successful as he's gone 1-4-1, with stoppage losses to Ao's stablemate Takashi Miura and former Miura victim Dante Jardon.
The rematch is set to take place on November 28th and Ao sounds confident of stopping his Mexican foe, though of course he seemed confident before their first meeting as well.
The bout is one of 3 fully announced contests for the show which will feature a pair of world title fights. These will see wild gun-slinger Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13) take on Carlos Cuadras (33-0-1, 26) for the WBC Super Flyweight title and the speedy Yu Kimura (17-2-1, 3) take on WBC Light Flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (26-1-1, 17). Still to be announced are bouts featuring Toshiyuki Igarashi (21-2-1, 11) and Ryosuke Iwasa (19-2, 12), with these announcements expected to come shortly.
Koki Eto to face Carlos Cuadras on November 28th!
WOWOW undercard expected to be packed with Igarashi, Ao and Iwasa!
Yu Kimura to face Pedro Guevara on November 28th in WBC world title bout!
Japanese fans to get a world title bout on November 28th!
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