Over the last few weeks it's been as if we've been drip fed information regarding the year ending Japanese shows, however today we saw JBC leak a little bit of information that has raised some eye brows.
That is the fact that Woz boxing will be promoting a world title triple header on December 31st at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Kyoto, finally putting a venue and promoter to the IBF Super Bantamweight title fight between Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] and defnding champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22).
Last week we saw Oguni announce that he would be challenging Guzman in Kyoto, with the announcement certainly coming as a bit of a surprise, however the fact the JBC are listing the show as a triple world title show is a real surprise.
Whilst we know a lot of fighters will be in action around that time of year we can't imagine that either WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka's (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] or WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and we know several other champions aren't set to fight again this year, with other champions already booked for a show in Tokyo on the same day.
That leaves us wondering who the other two world title bouts will feature. The obvious choice is Woz's own fighter Shohei Omori (17-1, 12) [大森 将平], afterall why would Woz be involved unless their star man was set for a world title bout, but it's hard to see what title he could be fighting for given that he's only currently ranked by the WBC, and their is no way Omori will be facing Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] or Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積] in December.
Whilst there is a chance at least one of the bouts could be a female title bout, featuring either WBO female Minimumweight world champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (9-1-2, 3) [池原シーサー久美子] WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (17-3-2, 4) [池山直] it does seem like Woz have worked on sorting out something big and we may be in for something a little bit unexpected being announced in the very near future.
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