Earlier today Apollo gym announced that their rising star Takuya Uehara (10-0, 6) [上原 拓哉] would be fighting in his first title bout on December 18 as he takes on Filipino Markquil Salvana (11-2, 5) in a bout for the WBC Youth Featherweight title.
The bout will take Mielparque Hall, in Osaka City and be the biggest test for the Japanese youngster, who has remained unbeaten so far, but hasn't yet really impressed or proven his ability. In many ways it's a monstrous step up, following domestic level wins over the likes of Katsuhiko Kanno, and Hiroki Yoshimura. It is however a bout his team feel confident in giving him and the hope is that he will go on to win the title before progressing onto the Japanese title scene in the coming years.
For Salvana the bout sees him hitting the road for a third third time in just under a year. Sadly for Salvana he did come up short in those other two bouts outside of the Philipines, losing in 5 rounds to Jason Moloney and then lasting less than a round with Andrew Moloney. More worryingly for the Filipino is the fact he's having this bout at Featherweight, despite being a natural Super Bantamweight, whilst Uehara is a fighter who has been campaigning at Super Featherweight through his career so far.
The bout hasn't yet had an under-card revealed for it but that is likely to be revealed in November as Japanese fans get another December treat and, we again see another bout of note getting added to what is quickly becoming an incredibly busy period of the year.
(Image courtesy of the Apollo Gym blog)
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