This past weekend Japanese Minimumweight fighter Tatsuya Fukuhara (15-4-5, 6) was in action as he took on limited Thai Thongchai Chaiyonggym (0-1). The bout ended with Fukuhara scoring a straight forward 3rd round stoppage over Thongchai in a manner that was expected of him.
Whilst the win was certainly not that notable comments after the fight from Fukuhara were certainly worth listening to as he announced his aim of getting a Japanese title fight. Though he did confess that he wasn't sure on when he'd be getting that fight.
It seems that Fukuhara is, essentially, the top contender for Japanese champion Go Odaira (12-4-3, 1). Although technically ranked #2 by the JBC the only man above him is Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11), who is now expected to fight for the IBF title in September.
Whilst a bout between Fukuhara and Odaira doesn't yet have a date it does seem possible that it could take place towards the end of this year, or early next year. Given that Odaira has been out of the ring since March it would make sense that he could return at any point whilst Fukuhara has fought just 5 rounds this year, so a December date is certainly plausible.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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