The history of sport and the world is certainly interesting though we can safely say that historic announcements aren't made on a daily basis. There was however an announcement made this past Wednesday that promised to create a little bit of history.
The announcement, made by the chairman of Futur Promotions, was that professional boxing was coming to Sri Lanka for the first time in the country's history.
The promoter announced a card, set for December 19th, in Colombo which will see several Japanese fighters in action on the country that has never seen professional boxing.
The main bout of the announcement was that WBO Atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama (16-3-1, 4) would become the first wold champion to fight in the country, as she defends her title against Filipino foe Jujeath Nagaowa (13-15-1, 8). Another of the bouts announced for the card was one involving OPBF female champion Tamao Ozawa (9-2, 2) who will be in a none-title fight, against a Thai opponent over 8 rounds.
From what we under-stand the show will be held in a 3,000 seat arena with the card expected to be bulked up by local amateur fighters. Others reports have suggested that the show will be broadcast, in it's entirety, on local TV with a 4 hour TV slow set aside for the show on Maharaja TV with the hope being that it will help kick start boxing in Sri Lanka and help give female boxing in particular a big boost.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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