In the article Miura stated that he has a desire to fight in another game abroad following his spectacular and brilliantly exciting bout with Sergio Thompson last year. It seems, from what we understand, that the Kamegai/Guerrero bout has given him a reminder of just how exciting his own bout was and it seems likely that he too wants a fight in front of a international audience.
Interestingly everyone of the WBC ranked challengers for Miura are fighters who are based outside of Japan and although Teiken have the financial clout to lure most opponents over to Japan it wouldn't be a huge shock to see Miura happy to travel to fight pretty much any challenger out there.
Amongst those prospective challenger for Miura's title are of course recent opponents Sergio Thompson and Dante Jardon. Miura did fight Thompson in Mexico and beat him and also beat Jardon, albeit in Japan, so we'd rule both of those out. This however doesn't rule out a number of other Mexican's, including #1 ranked challenger Edgar Puerta and the very experienced Miguel Roman. It also wouldn't rule out a fight with Britain's Stephen Smith, a bout that was hinted at by Smith's team after his most recent bout.
Although we tend to think that Miura would prefer a US audience to see him in action it does seem plausible that British or Mexican fans would be just as a suitable. If he is determined to fight in the US however the bout for him to target would be a contest with the winner of the upcoming bout between Juan Manuel Lopez and Francisco Vargas, who meet on July 12th, or alternatively a contest with Jose Pedraza. Unfortunately for Miura it seems unlikely that any of those opponents will be open this year.
With all things considered it would seem very logical for Miura to face Stephen Smith in Liverpool, England later this year or very early next year in a bout that would see Miura becoming the first ever Japanese fighter to defend a world title in the UK. It's a bout that would have Sky Sports in the UK putting money into the kitty, Matchroom Sports as the promoter or co-promoter with Teiken, and if both promoters get together well, we could also see them working together on a Bantamweight unification bout between Shinsuke Yamanaka and Jamie McDonnell.
Fingers crossed that we get to see something come of this after a frustrating year for Miura who saw a huge bout against Abner Mares fall through when Mares decided not to accept such a dangerous bout. Hopefully Smith will view this as his chance and things will be done swiftly to get this bout made sooner rather than later.
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