Earlier this month we reported that Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] would face Indonesian Musa "Andy" Letding (11-5-4, 6) on September 14th in what would be the first WBO Asia Pacific title bout held in Japan. Since then things have changed.
Firstly the inaugural WBO Asia Pacific title bout, as recognised by the JBC, to be held in Japan will actually take place a day earlier, when Akihiro Kondo (24-6-1, 11) [近藤 明広] faces Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1,9) for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. That bout was actually announced several days after the Watanabe bout, hence the cnfusion there.
Secondly Watanabe will no long be facing Letding, with the Indonesian being replaced by Thailand's Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11 [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊], in what looks like a minor step up from Letding. The bout will still be a title bout and should still see Watanabe favoured to claim the title, however he will likely have to change his game plan with Wangmoo have significantly more power than Letding.
The Thai comes in to this bout with an unbeaten 13 fight run, in which he has gone 12-0-1 (9), however his opponents have been several step below the level that Watanabe has been coming up short against, such as Satoshi Hosono, Jaesung Lee and Hisashi Amagasa, the last 3 men to beat the teak tough Japanese warrior.
For those interested we have included footage of both fighters below.
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