The Super Flyweight division may well be the strongest in the sport today with an itinerary of top names, like Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Luis Concepcion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada. It also has a list of contenders wanting their shot at a title, like Sho Ishida, Kal Yafai and Jamie Conlan.
Due to the mix things have become a bit of a race to try and sort fighters next bouts out, with many wanting to return before the year is over. This has meant offers have been sent around, talks have been had and teams have tried to get their fighters the best deals available, whether that is a long term deal or a short term deal is of course dependant on what the specific teams view asbeing best for them.
As a result of this race it seems a planned unification bout between WBO champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] and WBA king Luis Concepcion (35-4, 24) is off, with Concepcion now looking likely to return to the ring in November and not December. Rather than attempting to unify with Inoue at the end of the year the Panamanian is now rumoured to be fighting in November in the UK against Khalid "Kal" Yafai (19-0, 13).
In some ways it's a shame that Japanese fans won't see Concepcion back in Japan following his win over Kohei Kono. On the other hand however it seems like it's opened he doors for Inoue to instead face IBF kingpin Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16) in December, in a WBO-IBF Unification bout. Not only will this bout unify titles but it will also lead us to a Japan Vs Philippines card with Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) set to defend his WBO Bantamweight title against Naoya's brother Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2) [井上 拓真] on the same show.
Although no announcement regarding Inoue Vs Ancajas has yet been made the talks are said to be going well and the bout is expected to be made if Inoue is healthy, following back and hand injuries suffered last time out.
For those wondering about the WBC title, the rumour emerging recently is that Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38) will make the first defense of his title against Juan Hernandez Navarrete (33-2, 24) later this year. That will come as a disappointment for Srisaket but open the door for his stable mate Nawaphon Por Chokchai to arrange a bout with Toshiyuki Igarashi for the WBC Flyweight title, as the two divisions begin to overlap.
Sadly for fighters like Ishida the wait for a shot may become a long one with the top fighters looking likely to be booked up for the rest of this year.
It should be noted that, other than Inoue Vs Tapales, not of these bouts have been officially announced, but announcements are expected to be made shortly.
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