According to our friends in the Japanese media it seems that there is an agreement in principle for Japan's once beaten Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18) to battle against Thailand's former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (50-3, 34) in a contest for the vacant WBO Bantamweight title, a title recently vacated by Akaho's compatriot Tomoki Kameda.
The bout it's self is no surprise, they are the #1 and #2 ranked Bantamweights in the world, according to the WBO, though it seems amazing that they've come to a deal this quickly considering that the title was only vacated a few short weeks ago, and that Pungluang fought less than a week ago.
Whilst an agreement in principle seems to have been sorted we've not yet had any indication on any of the finer details. That mean's that we're not aware of "where" or "when" and, unfortunately, we're also unsure who will be airing the fight, though the hope is that the bout will be aired in both Thailand and in Japan.
One thing we do know is that this bout will come after the up coming IBF interim title bout between Ryosuke Iwasa and Lee Haskins, which is due in June. If both Iwasa and Akaho pick up wins Japan will have 3 reigning world champions at Bantamweight, alongside WBC king Shinsuke Yamanaka. Of course if Pungluang wins then he'll be a 2-time champion and be a very attractive opponent for some of the emerging fighters in the division, such as Shohei Omori or Ernesto Saulong.
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