On New Year's Eve Japanese fans saw long reigning world WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20) retain his title for the 11th time. The win, which came over Oliver Flores, saw Uchiyama move to within touching distance of the long standing Japanese record for most world title defenses.
In the wake of the win over Flores Uchiayama said that he is hoping to break the record this year and run up 3 successful defenses of the title over the next 12 months.
It seems the first of those will come in the Spring against unbeaten Jamaican Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21). If he gets through the the hope will be to get in a defense in the Summer to tie the Japanese record before a New Year's Eve bout to breka the record.
If Uchiyama's year goes as planned it will be his busiest year since the year he won his title, way back in 2010, and will see him securing his name in the Japanese record books, becoming the man to end a record held by the great Yoko Gushiken. Of course however Uchiyama may well fail to fulfil his plans with the last few years being ruined by injuries and issues getting opponents in the ring. Hopefully those issues won't see him suffer a frustrating 2016.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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