Earlier today we were informed by a Korean source that there will be a Korean show on January 12th that will feature a trio of Japanese fighters taking on Thai foes. The show, to be promoted by In Jin Chi, will will see the 3 bouts acting a triple main event with each of the bouts having titles on the line.
According to our source one of the bouts will see unbeaten youngster Takumi Sakae (10-0, 6), go up against against Thailand's Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (4-2, 2) for the IBF Youth Light Flyweight title. This will be Sakae first bout outside of Japan and will be an interesting test for the youngster who has already received a WBA world ranking at Minimumweight. For those who recognise Jaipetch's name he's notable for having suffered losses to the Filipino pairing of Jonathan Taconing and Denver Cuello, both of which offured last year.
Another of the bouts will see Takuya Watanabe (22-5-1, 10), best known for his 2014 blood bath with Jaesung Lee, battling against Non Sithsaithong (12-6, 8) in the first defence of his IBF Asia title that he won last year when he stopped Yodpichai Sithsaithong, also in Korea. Watanabe will be on the road for the 4th straight bout and his 3rd in Korea in less than a year. Incidentally this will actually be a rematch between the two men who first fought back in December 2007 for the WBC You Lightweight title, which Watanabe won with a 7th round KO.
The most interesting bout, by far, will see recent Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (14-3-1, 9) fighting against former OPBF Featherweight title challenger Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (15-6, 4) in a bout for the IBF Asia Super Featherweight title. For Eto this will be his first bout since his title fight defeat at the hands of Rikki Naito. As for Maxsaisai, who lost an 8th round TKO to recent world title challenger Hisaashi Amagasa in his OPBF title fight, this will be a 7th fight outside of Thailand, unfortunately he's 0-6 outside of his homeland coming into this bout and has been stopped in 3 of his last 4 losses.
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