The on going saga regarding the OPBF Super Featherweight title appears to finally be ready to end as we get a third date for a bout between defending champion Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4) and voluntary challenger Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8). Yes you read that right, we now have a third date for the bout, and this time we expect we'll not be left hanging.
In the past the bout has been scheduled twice only to see issues arise as the fight got close. This time it appears the parties involved were willing to let the fight get close before publicly building up the fight. After all who likes a long build up only for the fight to fall apart?
For Jomthong this will be his first boxing bout in almost 17 months. He has been keeping active in Muay Thai but it's still somewhat odd that the OPBF haven't stripped him for inactivity, especially when you consider the Asian scene at 130lbs. For Nakama this will be his first bout since last October, though unlike Jomthong we expect to see considerable ring rust on him.
Not only will the show feature the Jomthing/Nakama bout but it will be a genuinely international affair with several other fighters from overseas in action and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao is also expected to be in attendance. In fact it was due to Pacquiao's other commitments that the show was rescheduled from July 12th with the show it's self originally being a charity one to raise funds for the victims of the Filipino Typhoon.
After the delays this show has had we're just happy to be able to see Jomthong back in action. It really has been too long since we last saw him in the ring and it's never great to see talented fighters take long breaks from fights, no matter what they are doing in their time away.
We're hoping that the winner of this will fight a top guy at 130 next, and we'd absolutely love to see Jomthong, if he wins, against Daiki Kaneko at some point in 2015.
Note: The shows new date was actually confirmed a few days ago though with other news this one sort of slipped through the net when we first got the details.
(Image courtesy Okinawa World Boxing Gym)
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