Last week we reported that WBO Flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明] had officially announced that his first defense would be on July 28th against Japanese challenger Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔].
At the time of that announcement Kimura was pencilled in to defend his WBO Asia Pacific title against former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26) on July 11th. It's now been confirmed by Kimura and his team that that bout will not take place, with Kimura taking the world title bout with Shiming instead.
Since agreeing to take the bout with Shiming Kimura has been in Thailand, sparring with world ranked partners to help prepare for Shiming in what will be a career defining bout for the Japanese fighter.
As for Shiming the bout will see him return to the ring for the first time since his title win back in November, when he beat Kwanpichit OneSongchaigym for the title in their second bout.
At the moment there is no details on who will be televising the bout in but it's thought that there will be live coverage in China with Japan potentially set to have delayed coverage of the contest.
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