According to a number of reports in the Japanese press there has been serious issues with negotiation for the WBA Super Featherweight "Super" title fight between Takashi Uchiyama's (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] and "regular" champion Javier Fortuna (29-0-1-1,21).
According to a number of reports there have been complaints from Hitoshi Watanabe, Uchiyama's promoter, in regards to money being offered for the bout and although the WBA have ordered the contest it seems neither team can come close to agreeing a financial package for the fight, which was being targeted for early May. As a result Watanabe has mentioned the name of interim champion Jezreel Corrales (19-1, 7) as a possible fill in.
This issue the latest in a number of problems which have surfaced in regards to Uchiyama's ring return. Originally he was in negotiations to face Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21) on the under-card of Manny Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley III before the WBA stepped in and demanded the Uchiyama Vs Fortuna bout. Walters would later sign to face Vasyl Lomachenko, in what is a great match up, whilst the Uchiyama Vs Fortuna bout went into negotiations.
It was hoped from Uchiyama's side that the bout would be set for the US in early May but given the financials of the bout it seems very unlikely that Uchiyama will be making his US debut against Fortuna afterall, with some suggesting that he would be taking a notable pay cut to face the Dominican.
From what we understand Watanabe will push the WBA to allow Uchiyama to face Corrales if a solid financial deal cannot be made before purse bids are called on the Uchiyama Vs Fortuna contest.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!