Earlier this month we saw WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura (29-2-2 22) record the 4th defense of his world title with an eye catching 3rd round TKO against former IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib. Given the relative ease of the win Miura manage to avoid any real damage and has already returned to the gym as he begins training for what would be his 5th defense of the title.
Whilst Miura returning to the gym quickly isn't really major news we are happy to hear that Miura is said to be targeting a bout in the US which may well come as his next defense.
According to one Japanese source Miura has stated that he's hoping his next bout will be a "big bout, overseas".
At the moment there hasn't been an opponent, or opponents, suggested publicly other than WBO champion Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17), who is apparently not going to be available agreeing terms to a rematch with Orlando Salido. Other options however could include WBC #1 ranked fighter Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16), Cuban star Yurorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17), Mexican puncher Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48) or even Britain's Stephen Smith (22-1, 12), though that fight would likely happen in the UK and not the US.
Given his style and power Miura is likely to become a fan favourite where ever he fights and bouts with the likes of Martinez, Vargas or Gamboa would be massively exciting and really enhance Miura's standing in the sport, especially if he was to win.
From what we understand the plan is still to fight a rematch with WBA "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19) later in the year but it seems clear that Miura wants to raise his international profile first and a bout Stateside seems to be his way of doing that.
For those who missed the Miura Vs Dib fight it can be seen in full below.
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