A story coming from the East is that former WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato has retired following his loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Aged just 29 we had been hoping to see Sato return to the ring but it appears that weight issues have forced his retirement.
A major all-Japanese unification bout between WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama and WBC champion Takashi Miura looks to have been scuppered. The bout, which had looked likely is in doubt as WBC #1 ranked contender Sergio Thompson pushes for a bout with Miura.
If we do get Thompson v Miura it's likely that the bout will take place in Thompson's native Mexico.
Former 2 weight champion Daiki Kameda has been ordered by the IBF to face Rodrigo Guerrero for the IBF Super Flyweight title, a belt recently stripped from Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr who failed to make weight for his recent bout. Kameda, ranked #3 and Guerrero #4 are the two highest ranked fighters (other than Roberto Domingo Sosa who recently lost to Sanchez) by the IBF.
Kameda also has the option of going the WBA route. Ranked #2 by the WBA he is their highest ranked contender for Liborio Solis, who recently dethroned Kohei Kono in Japan. A bout with either man would likely be fought in Japan be televised on TBS.
Some rumours are doing the rounds that former Bantamweight and Featherweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa may be facing current WBC Super Bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas. Although this rumour is doing the rounds we'd have to strongly doubt it as Golden Boy Promotions recently won purse bids for Terrazas to face rising phenom Leo Santa Cruz.
And some solid news. As as we reported a little while back Yuzo Kiyota will fight Robert Stieglitz for the WBO Super Middleweight title. Originally we thought this bout would be taking place on June 29th though it seems likely now that it will be happening on July 13th at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden.
A victory for Kiyota would see him becoming the first Japanese fighter to claim a world title above Middleweight though he will admittedly be a massive under-dog. The bout could also see Kiyota becoming the first Japanese fighter to claim a WBO title (Tomoki Kameda fights for one just a few weeks later in the Philippines).
German media has been reporting that WBO Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25) will be making his first title defense since reclaiming the title from Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28) on June 29th. His opponent, rather surprisingly is Japanese fighter (and current OPBF champion) Yuzo Kiyota (23-3-1, 21).
The 29 year old Kiyota is currently ranked #12 by the WBO will be looking to create history in 2 separate ways, both of which would see his name in the record books, if he wins.
Firstly he would be the first ever Japanese world champion at 168lbs, in fact he'd be the first world champion above Middleweight to come form Japan. This would see him breaking the record of Shinji Takehara (who claimed the WBA Middleweight title in 1995).
The second way would be even more historic as it would see Kiyota becoming the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title.
Although we've known for a while that the JBC (Japan Boxing Commission) had agreed to allow Japanese fighters to fight for the WBO titles, only Toshiaki Nishioka has actually fought for one.
Whilst Kiyota will be going in as a major under-dog (if, the bout is confirmed) he'll know that with his power he has a chance to genuinely make a name for himself and cement his place in boxing folk lore.
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