Earlier today saw the Japanese Boxing Commission release their latest rankings and whilst we won't be going through in detail we were informed that the rankings have essentially confirmed the fact that Shin Ono (18-6-2, 2) will be fighting for the vacant Japanese Light Flyweight title later in the year. What isn't clear however is who Ono will be fighting for that belt later in the year.
One of the men in contention is current #2 ranked fighter Kenichi Horikawa (28-13-1, 5). He appears to be the preferred option though has to win his upcoming bout, scheduled for July 20th, or else he will lose the opportunity. If he wins his upcoming bout Horikawa will be getting a 4th Japanese title bout, and will be looking to claim his first title.
If Horikawa fails to win his upcoming bout then Ono's opponent will be Atsushi Kakutani (16-4-1, 9), a former world title challenger who is currently ranked #3 by the JBC.
At the moment there is no set date for either possible match up, of course with the JBC and Ono needing to wait for Horikawa's result, though we are expecting the bout in the next few months as opposed to waiting to the end of the year.
The brilliant at "The Champion Thailand" have recently released some promotional material for the upcoming WBO Light Middleweight world title fight between unbeaten American Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14) and Thai veteran Sirimongkol Singwancha (84-2, 52).
The image features both men, albeit a very young looking Singwancha, as well as the date. It's not the most amazing piece of promotional work we've ever seen but it is an interesting take on things given that the image of the Thai is more than a decade old.
As well as the image the same source has reported that Singwancha is working on getting a visa though isn't expecting any issues, despite his past problems with the law. From what we understand the bout is set to be announced in the US once Singwancha has had his visa application passed, and that has been why there has been so little news from the US on the bout thus far.
Sirimongkol Singwancha to get world title shot against unbeaten American champion!
(Image courtesy of The Champion Thailand)
After several days of rumours we are happy to report that Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has officially announced that he is indeed now a professional fighter.
Today, at a press conference held by Singh, he told journalists-
"I'm excited to turn pro and looking forward to the new chapter of my life. I want to train hard and perform for my country at the global level. IOS will be managing my pro boxing career along with Queensbury Promotions with broadcaster BoxNation. My immediate goal will be to work hard and make a good boxing record in the next year or so," Vijender said at a press conference here.
Sing has long been the star of Indian boxing is, by far, the most successful fighter the country has ever had. In 2008 he was the first Indian boxing to claim an Olympic medal, claiming the bronze medal at Middleweight, though has also claimed medals at various other tournaments including a trio of Commonwealth medals, a couple of Asian Games medals and a World Amateur championship medal.
As well boxing Singh has also become a popular actor at home, featuring in Bollywood movie "Fugly".
In the past Singh has said that he has been trying to help make boxing popular in his cricket mad homeland. It's fair to say that he will struggle to make a major mark on the perception of boxing in India, but at least he's acting as a starting point, and hopefully we will see a growth in Indian boxing over the coming years.
According to reports in the Indian press Singh is hoping to fight 6 times in the space of a year, whilst other reports, from Britain, pencil his debut in for the fall
Back in May we reported that the esteemed "Ring Magazine" had recognised the achievements of WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17), and had placed him in their highly acclaimed "Pound-for-Pound" list. Today we are glad to report that Yamanka is no longer alone in that list as he has recently been joined by WBA "super" Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19).
From what we understand this is the first time in history that the Magazine has recognised two Japanese fighters in their top time, and they are, from what we understand only the second and third fighters to be given the honour and recognition.
The two unbeaten champions have long been recognised as the best in their division and now to be recognised, finally, as being two of the best fighters on the planet is great news for the Japanese fight scene which may, finally, get some real attention from fans stateside.
The first major fight of July takes place this coming Thursday in Thailand as the unbeaten WBA interim Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (10-0, 5) takes on unbeaten Venezuelan Alexis Diaz (16-0, 10) in a mouth watering encounter.
For those wanting to watch the bout the TV details for the contest are now available.
The bout will be aired live on Thursday from 14:00 Bangkok time on the ever popular Channel 7. The bout is set to be part of the 2 hour time slot so there will be under-card bouts on the telecast, though at the moment we're unsure what bouts they will be.
Whilst the bout is on very early for American fans we suspect this is a bout good enough to set alarm clocks for. Not only is Knockout and enjoyable to watch fighter but Diaz looks like a very dangerous opponent and footage of the challenger is really exciting.
For those in Thailand it goes without saying that this will be worth tuning in for.
Can Knockout CP Freshmart Knockout Alexis Diaz?
(Image courtesy of thairec.com)
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