It seems that the Japanese schedule for 2017 really is filling up in recent weeks, and today we saw an announcement of an upcoming world title bout at 122lbs, which could help shape the division over the next year or so.
The bout in question will see Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] challenge WBA regular champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15), who won the title last year with an upset over Qiu Xiao Jun before defending the title twice, beating Kop Kratingdaenggym and Qiu Xiao Jun for a second time. The bout is set to take place on April 9th at the EDION Arena Osaka.
Kubo is seen as the successor to Shinsei's long time star Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積], who retired last year after becoming a 3-weight champion. If Kubo over-comes Ceermeno he'll become a champion at the same weight as Hasegawa ended his career.
For the 37 year old Cermeno the bout will mark his Japanese debut, though he is a well travelled fighter with numerous bouts around the globe. He showed last year that there was a lot of life in his old legs and he will be looking to use his skills and experience to over-come Kubo here.
Although the full card hasn't been announced we do know that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] will be defending his title on the show and that the show will also host the Japanese Minimumweight title bout between Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] and Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥].
At the moment it's unclear on when the show will beaired on TV but Kansai TV have been confirmed as the broadcaster of the show.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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