Earlier we reported that the upcoming bout between Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] and Indonesian Musa "Andy" Letding (11-5-4, 6) would be the first WBO Asia Pacific title bout in Japan, as the two men face off for the Super Featherweight title. It's now been announced that that would be one of two bouts featuring the WBO regional title.
It's been confirmed that the other WBO Asia Pacific title will be the Middleweight title which will be up for grabs for the winner of the show's main event, the third bout between current Japanese champion Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] and former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 13) [淵上 誠].
The bout will be the second WBO Asia Pacific title bout to take place under the auspices of the JBC and will see the titles establishing themselves as a stepping stone belt. Interestingly the Nishida/Fuchigami bout will see the title unified with a Japanese title for the first time, and could potentially set the tone for the division in the region for the foreseeable future.
Whether the move towards accepting the WBO Asia Pacific titles is a good one for Japanee boxing is yet to be known but it is interesting to see that the promoters are already aligning themselves with the titles and we'd not be shocked to see more fighters fight for them as they look to establish themselves in the WBO rankings. This could mean we're likely to see good international bouts between fighters from through the Asia Pacific region, however it could also mean that fighters avoid each other with some going for the more established OPBF.
Takuya Watanabe to face Musa Letding for WBO Asia Pacific title!
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