Yesterday in Thailand fans had the chance to see Thai youngster Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-3-1, 15) retain his IBF Asia Light Flyweight title with a clear and dominant victory over limited Japanese challenger Shunji Nagata (10-13-2, 3). It was Fahlan's first successful defence of the title and may well have been one of his final steps before getting a world title fight with stories from Thailand and Japan suggesting he is likely to be getting a shot sooner rather than later.
According to his promoter, Jimmy Chaichotchuang, Fahlan is said to be targeting IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (23-2-1, 19), an extremely hard hitting champion from Mexico. For that bout to take place Mendoza will have to be successful against mandatory challenger Milan Melindo (32-1, 12) on April 25th, when Filipino fighter Melindo travels to Mexico to fight in his second world title bout.
Whilst Fahlan is a world ranked Light Flyweight he will have to wait for his shot at a title there. According to Japanese sources however Fahlan may be able to get a shot a world title as early as April with the IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) set to offer him a title opportunity. For that bout however Fahlan will have to lose 3lbs and make the Minimumweight limit, which may be beyond his growing body at this point in time.
If Fahlan can lose the 3lbs needed to challenge for the Minimumweight belt it would likely see him returning to Osaka, where he scored his career defining victory over Ryo Miyazaki back in December 2013, with one source suggesting the bout may happen on April 22nd as the support contest for Kazuto Ioka's (16-1, 10) challenge against WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19).
(Image courtesy of Johnny Chaichotchuang)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!