Just a few moments ago we were informed that Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12) has had his May 1st bout in Las Vegas with Raymundo Beltran (29-7-1, 17) confirmed and the bout will indeed be for the WBO Lightweight world title.
Moments after being informed it was announced by Beltran himself he went on to twitter to post an image of himself signing the contract.
The bout had been strongly rumoured for the last week or so, following a training injury to former unified Lightweight champion Juan Diaz (40-4, 19), who was originally penciled in to be fighting Ao.
The bout, from what we understand, will be aired on TruTV in the US and will receive a formal announcement in the coming days.
For Ao this is a brilliant opportunity to become a 3-weight world champion, only the 3rd Teiken fighter to achieve such a feat, and a rare Japanese 3-weight world champion. It is also a brilliant chance for Ao to make a name for himself in the US where he has fought once before, stopping Hardy Paredes in a bout televised by Unimas. For Beltran it's a chance to finally become a world champion after coming up short twice last year, once in a controversial draw with Ricky Burns and onc ebeing widely out pointed to the excellent Terence Crawford.