Exciting Super Featherweight destroyer Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21) has had difficulties at times in getting big name fights. Despite being the WBC Super Featherweight champion Miura has become a somewhat avoided fighter since his all out war with Sergio Thompson back in 2013. Many fighters, or their teams, have spoke his name though few, such as Stephen Smith, have been willing to step up to the plate.
As a result Miura has faced highly ranked but out classed Mexican's in his last two fights. Neither Dante Jardon or Edgar Puerta were particularly high profile or attractive fights and neither seemed capable of even slowing down the Miura assault, never mind testing the champion.
Today it's been announced that Miura will face a recognisable opponent in the form of Australian fighter, and former IBF Featherweight champion, Billy Dib (39-3-0-1, 23), with the bout set for May 1st at the Ota City central gymnasium in Tokyo.
Dib is well known in the boxing community and is the biggest name Miura has fought since his loss to Takashi Uchiyama back in 2011.
Dib held the IBF Featherweight title for more than a for more than a year before losing a split decision to then unheralded Evgeny Gradovich. Since then he has struggled for form though has won his last 3 as he's managed to get some career momentum going once again.
Sadly Dib is also a controversial fighter and his 2009 bout with Kenichi Yamaguchi, the last time he fought a Japanese fighter, showed some of that controversial side in a bout that resulted in a no contest.
For those who haven't seen Miura before this will be a great opportunity with the bout taking place on Fuji TV. Also on the card will be the highly popular Akira Yaegashi, who is making his Super Flyweight debut, and Ryota Murata, who will be fighting a world ranked opponent for the first time in his professional career.
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