Last week we reported that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (19-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] would be facing WBO Asia Pacific champion Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16) [渡邉 卓也] in a unification bout in the near future. When we first reported that however there was no set date, or venue, for the bout, just an announcement that the bout was going to take place and would be a first in Japanese boxing.
Today however it's been revealed that the bout will take place on December 31st as part of the Watanabe Gym card set to be held at the Ota-City General Gymnasium, where it will serve as a third title bout on the card.
As we've known for quite a while the main event of the show will be the rematch between former WBA "super" Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] and current champion Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8) whilst the co-feature is a WBA Light Flyweight title fight between defending champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and the unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13).
Although it's not clearly been stated it would seem likely that the winner of the Ito/Watanabe fight could be in the running to face the winner of the Uchiyama/Corrales rematch, possibly in 2017, thus giving this particular even more significance for the two men.
It's worth noting that sources in Japan are sueggsting at lerast one other title bout will be added to this card in the coming weeks, and so we'd keep our eyes peeled on the developments of this card as it slowly comes together, and could be a very stacked card by the end of November.
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