Last week we reported that Japanese promoter Woz boxing were set to pomote a world title triple header on December 31st in Kyoto. During our report we suggested that one of those fighters could featuring Woz'svery own Shohei Omori (17-1, 12) [大森 将平], though at the time there was nothing being confirmed from either the team of Omori or the world champions that Omori could have been fighting.
We knew that one of those 3 world title bouts would see Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] challenger IBF Super Bantamweight champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22) and we knew another would see WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka's (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] defending his titleagainst Thai teenager Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ กระทิงแดงยิม].
Today it was revealed that the third bout would indeed feature Omori, in his first world title fight, with the Demon's Left taking on IBF Bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (34-3, 14), in what will be Haskins' third world title defense.
For Haskins, who won the title in June 2015 when he stopped Ryosuke Iwasa, the bout sees him fighting in Asia for the first time and facing a Japanese opponent for the second time. Although well travelled with bouts in Monaco, Belgium, Morocco, and Spain, this will be Haskins' first bout in Asia
For Omori the bout will be his third of the year and sees him stepping back in class after two wins against limited foes. This will be his most significant bout so far, and will over-shadow his 2015 loss to Marlon Tapales in a WBO world title eliminator. At the time his loss to Tapalese, a 2nd round TKO loss, was a real eye opener and a very dissappointing result for Omori however Tapales has since gone on to claim the WBO wold title, making it a less bad loss in retrospect.
It seems like Omori and his team have looked at Haskins and are aware of his unique style, mentioning his tricky movements at today's press conference to announce the fight, but were still confident with Omori himself admitting that he would be hunting a KO win for the fans in Kyoto.
The card is a genuinely brilliant one, and the rumour now is that British TV may air the card, a real rarity in recent years, with MBS likely to provide a feed for British TV to carry the bout. Although not yet confirmed the runmour is that Boxnation may carry the card either live or on a same day delay. For Japanese fans the show is expected to be aired on MBS and TBS along with the other two world title bouts, in what will be a bumper day for fans int he land of the rising Sun.
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