It's being reported via numerous sources that Filipino Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27) could be set for a surprising return to world title action.
The story suggests that the team behind Jaro, a former WBC Flyweight champion, are negotiating for their man to challenge for the WBC Super Flyweight currently held by the unbeaten Carlos Cuadras (30-0, 24).
Jaro, best known for his huge upset win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam back in 2012, has been in wilderness in recent bouts following a trio of losses in a 13 month span that saw him losing his world title and dropping way out of the title picture. Since the third of those losses he has battled hard to resurrect his career with a trio of stoppage wins, wins that could well help him to get another world title fight.
Aged 32 Jaro hasn't got long left in his boxing career and it would make sense for his team to do all they can to get a fight with Cuadras sooner rather than later. From the point of view of the Mexican champion a bout with Jaro would be preferable to a rematch with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who he beat for the belt, or numerous other top contenders. That's not to say that Jaro is easy to beat but he's certainly not the most dangerous man out there at 115lbs at the moment.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com shows Jaro beside Wonjongkam)
From what we understand the promotional situation regarding Koki Kameda (32-1, 17) is likely to be sorted in the coming days as the former 3-weight world champion tries to make up for lost time and set up a WBA Super Flyweight world title fight with Kohei Kono (30-8, 13).
Koki, along with brothers Daiki and Tomoki, was stripped of his Japanese license earlier this year following a controversy that threatened to destroy the careers of the three brothers. The controversy, which followed Daiki's loss to Liborio Solis last year, saw not only the brother's stripped of their license but effectively forced the closure of the Kameda Gym with the former president and chairman also having their licenses revoked.
Earlier this month the Kameda's had tried to get their gym re-opened with Shigeyuki Otake as the new head of the gym. The JBC refused to allow this on the basis that the gym would likely remain the same as it was. They suggested that if Otake wanted to run a gym he would likely be given permission but he wouldn't be given permission to run the Kameda gym which it appears the JBC were determined to shut sooner rather than later.
Over the weekend it seems developments were made to get Koki back in the ring and from what we understand Koki is set to transfer to the little known Cheyenne Yamamoto Boxing Gym with the hope of returning to the ring in August for a bout with Kono. Although the deal isn't yet confirmed it's expected that we'll see Koki transfer gyms in the next week and soon afterwards we will see the Kameda Vs Kono bout announced with a date in laye August being strongly rumoured.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
It was announced earlier today that former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (20-3-3, 13) would be returning to the ring, for his second fight since suffering a hard fought defeat to Takashi Uchiyama. The opponent for Kaneko has been announced as Cirilo Espino (19-13-3, 12) from the Philippines with the bout to take place on August 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
Whilst's Kaneko is the biggest name on the card he's not the only notable fighter on the show, in fact he's not even in the best bout on the card. Instead the stand out bout is a battle between former titles holders as former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Akaho (23-1-2, 16) battles against former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Masaaki Serie (25-6, 10). On paper this is a great clash with Serie being the naturally bigger man and Akaho being the younger and fresher.
Another bout announced on the show is a rematch between Yota Hori (11-2-2, 6) and Musashi Suzuki (10-2, 4). The two men met back in January with Hori taking a narrow 8 round decision and this is a rematch that we're really excited about.
A fourth bout that has been announced for the show will see the very promising and highly touted Koki Koshikawa (1-0) taking on Yujiro Nakamura (4-7-1, 2). Koshikawa debuted earlier this year and defeated Quaye Peter and is expected to achieve a lot in the sport, he will however have to show a lot more than he did on his debut if he's to live up the expectation many have of him.
(Image, of Ryo Akaho, courtesy of http://www.yokohama-hikari.jp)
For a while we've known about a show, in Singapore promoted by American promotional power house Top Rank. The show, which was basically let slip by the Japanese media who announced that Ryota Murata (4-0, 4) would be fighting there, has been a bit of an open secret with Murata's name stuck down as the show's only definite invite.
Since Murata's name has been down we have seen a who's who of Japanese boxers linked there including WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16), who is rumoured to be facing Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (36-5-1, 16) in a mandatory title defence, and WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20), who has had his name linked to Orlando Salido (41-12-2-1, 28). Whilst neither of these fights or fighters have been confirmed it is expected that Murata won't be the only big name Japanese fighter on the show. The Japanese gamblers are a big part of the attraction to Bob Arum, the boss of Top Rank, and he'd likely want at least 2 Japanese names on the show.
Lets be honest neither Yamanaka, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in Japan, or Miura need a great deal of an introduction. Both are genuine world class fighters, both possess serious power and both have spoken about fighting away from home. Of course Murata isn't yet world class, but his ability and popularity is immense and it seems likely that Bob Arum is going to push hard to the US audience over the next few years.
More interestingly than the Japanese rumours however were the ones coming from South Korea over the past week or two that suggested that 4 South Korean's promoted by former world champion Myung-Woo Yuh could be on the show as well!
The Korean's who have been linked to show have been former OPBF Light Welterweight champion Min Wook Kim (11-1, 8), the unbeaten sensation Ja Ik Goo (3-0, 3), Woo Shin Kim (4-1-1, 2) and WBC Youth Super Bantamweight champion Ye Joon Kim (8-1-2, 3).
Whilst Korean boxing is very weak at the moment we are big fans of two of 4 Korean names linked to this show. Min Wook Kim is, right now, the best Korean fighter out there and also one of the most exciting. He combines power, rugged toughness and an exciting style that will see fans wanting to see him again. His stand out wins include victories over Romeo Jakosalem, Dan Nazareno Jr, Shinya Iwabuchi and Valentine Hosokawa and he's a fighter that has earned a world ranking. Sadly he has been inactive recently but a return on a show like this would be huge.
Woo Shin Kim is probably the least notable of the Koreans though is viewed a promising fighter. We've got to admit we've not seen a great deal of him but the Welterweight is said to be a "prospect" despite having a loss on his record. Ye Joon Kim is, as mentioned above, the current WBC Youth Super Bantamweight champion and is best known for what he did in Japan when he stopped Akihiro Matsumoto in 9 rounds for the title back in April. Ye Joon Kim is unbeaten in 9 and viewed as a potential challenger for an OPBF title and in fact he currently holds a #11 OPBF ranking.
Although he's the least experienced of the 4 men the fighter we're most excited about Ja Ik Goo who is the current South Korean Light Welterweight champion and the OPBF #1 ranked Light Welterweight contender. Although he lacks experience he looks the real deal and has something about him that really excites us. We've been lucky enough to find videos of both Goo's debut, against Jung Hoon Go, and his second bout, against Kazuki Hayashi. If you want to see why we're so excited we'd advise you watch both of those videos as this kid looks sensational.
Again we've got to admit that at the moment these 4 Korean's are only rumoured to be on the show and no opponents have been linked to them, though the rumours come from a very reliable source, and if we get to see either Min Wook Kim or Ja Ik Goo on the show we're going to be very happy fans.
(Image courtesy of Top Rank)
A few days ago we reported that former Chinese amateur stand out Zhang Zhilei was set to debut on August 8th on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Today we have news that Zhilei isn't the only Chinese Heavyweight set to debut in the US in coming weeks and more amazingly the 6'7 Zhilei isn't even going to be the biggest!
The honour of the "biggest Chinese debutant" instead goes to Taishan Dong who we believe may well be the tallest ever Chinese boxer and will actually go down as one of the all time tallest.
Stood at 6'11" Dong will be making his debut on July 18th on a Fox Sports 1 card that will be headlined by popular Filipino slugger Mercito Gesta (27-1-1, 15). Despite Gesta being the main event on the show we can't help but thing that it will be Dong who will be capturing the attention of many fans as he battles Ronny Hale (2-7, 2).
For those wondering about Dong's fighting credentials he doesn't appear to have the amateur boxing background of Zhang, who of course competed at the Olympics, but he was a kick boxer who fought under the name of "Taizan". It was as a kick boxer that he scored a very notable win over Bob Sapp, a win that can be seen below courtesy of SonOfGoForkYourself.
We're unsure whether or not Dong's professional boxing debut will be aired on TV but we'd imagine that could well be given the sheer size and marketability of the "Chinese Giant". Unfortunately however from the clips we've seen of him as a kick boxer he does appear gangly and uncoordinated, a problem often found in faller boxers.
(Picture above courtesy of the Bangkok Post and shows Dong stood next to Xiong Zhong Zhao, the former WBC Minimumweight champion who is made to look like a child in comparison to Dong)
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