Such a bout was announced today with the match up being a contest between Japanese Minimumweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] and WBO #1 ranked contender Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14), who fight for the interim title whilst current champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] continues to recover from various injuries.
The bout will take place in Kumamoto on February 26th.
For both men this will be their first world title bout and a great chance for both men to announce themselves on the world stage.
Calleros, who si the higher ranked of the two men, is fighting outside of Mexico for the first time, though has mixed with good quality and holds a recent wins over Mario Rodriguez, though has lost to the likes of Julian Yedras, Francisco Rodriguez Jr and Samuel Gutierrez.
For us Fukuhara is the most improved fighter in recent years. He has gone from a man who was easily out pointed by a then debuting Takuma Inoue just over 3 years ago, to a man who was unlucky not to defeat Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr in Thailand and scored notable wins this year over Takumi Sakae and Genki Hanai. He ends 2016 ranked #2 by the WBO and will be hunting a big all-Japan bout next year with Takayama.
At the moment it's unclear who, if anyone, will be televising the bout, but hopefully details on that will be made public in the new year!
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