According to one of our Japanese sources there has been a strong indication that Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17), the WBA Super Featherweight champion, wants to unify his title next year. More excitingly he has set his target on WBO champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28), stating he wants to fight the best champions and was inspired by the recent contest between Akira Yaegashi and Roman Gonzalez.
Not only has Uchiyama shown an intention to fight Garcia but he has also stated that he is willing to travel for the bout mentioning the possibilities of fighting in either Macau or Las Vegas.
Whilst this is a shame for those, like us, who want to see Uchiyama fight against Takashi Miura it's still a great bout if it comes off. Sadly however there are a lot of issues to sort out before a possible bout could be made.
Firstly Garcia is in the middle of a promotional nightmare situation with Top Rank. That is likely to see Garcia remain out of the ring for quite some time. Also Garcia now has a mandatory to face when he does return, former foe Orlando Salido who defeated Terdsak Kokietgym for the interim title this past weekend. Prior to a Uchiyama/Garcia bout it would be likely the WBO would enforce a Garcia/Salido bout.
As for Uchiyama's next bout there are still conflicting reports. One of our sources has stated that Uchiyama's intention is for a bout in mid-November whilst another source states it'll be New Years Eve. Sadly it seems like we're going to have to await an official announcement, though it seems like that will be made soon, thnakfully!
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