Earlier today we were informed that 3 notable fighters from Teiken had began a training camp together in Chiba City, Narita. The trio were headedby WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16), WBC Super Feaherweight champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20) and former 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12).
Unfortunate the first day of camp was struck with problems with thunderstorms apparently keeping the men from doing what was planned though they did manage to get a work out indoors as they began the camp with some light training before the camp revs up.
As well the camp beginning Yamanaka also let slip that the 3 fighters we were going to be in the ring "in the fall". Whilst the fall is a relatively long time it does leave us with some things to speculate about.
Firstly when will the trio return to the ring?
Second who will they fight?
And thirdly will they be on the same card together?
We're expecting the announcements for all 3 men to be made in the coming weeks though we can make some educated guesses on the 3 questions we've asked above.
We'd suspect that the men will return very late fall, probably in October perhaps very early November. This will give them chance to have a full training camp and also arrange the best fights possible.
As for opponents we've not really got much to go on, though we have been informed by a Thai source that Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (36-5-1, 16) has been strongly linked to Yamanaka. Suriyan, a former Super Flyweight world champion, is the #1 ranked WBC Bantamweight. Whilst technically no mandatory has been ordered by the WBC for Yamanaka it will be 18 months in October since he last faced a mandated challenger and this bout could likely act as a mandatory defence for the champion.
For Miura almost everyone in the WBC top 15 has been linked to him. The news out of the UK is that Stephen Smith (20-1, 12) is about to get the fight and with his #3 WBC ranking it does make a lot of sense to make that fight. There has however all been comments made from Mexico stating that Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19) and Sergio Thompson (29-3, 26) also want a shot at Miura. We feel the Mexican can be ruled out for October though one of them is likely to be made a mandatory challenger for next year.
In the case of Ao things are very speculative with no one strongly linked to him. We'd suspect he will be matched with someone who is on the fringes of a world ranking.
As for whether or not they will fight on the same card. We do have to assume so. They have began camp together, Teiken tend to put 2 or 3 big names on their major shows and it's unlikely they will want to have a second show to showcase the "odd man". All signs point towards the three being on the same show.
Whilst it is early to try and piece the jigsaw together we are expecting a fantastic card to come out of this and really cant wait to see what Teiken give us.
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