Last December fight fans in Osaka saw Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6) [上原 拓哉] claim the WBC Youth Featherweight title, over-coming Markquil Salvana with a 10 round decision win. Today saw the announcement that Uehara would be returning to the ring on May 7th to make his first defense of that title.
That up coming defense will see Uehara return to the Mielparque Hall, in Osaka City and take on limited Thai visitor Nongdear Sor Bangkharu (1-14) in what is, if we're being really honest, a huge step backwards for the talented Japanese youngster.
The unbeaten champion is only 21 and is in no need to rush with his career, but the southpaw has impressed in record bouts, gaining valuable experience and some notable wins, including the one over Salvana. Sadly Nongdear is a very limited opponent, and Japanese fans have seen the Thai go 0-7, with 6 losses by stoppage including defeats to Tsuyoshi Tameda, Teiru Kinoshita and Hiroshige Osawa.
The bout will headline an Apollo promoted card.
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