The first news of a New Years Eve card in Japan has just become available over the last day or so. As with recent New Years Eve show's this one promises explosiveness with two Super Featherweight world title bouts, in what we hope will act as a prelude to a major rematch in 2014.
In a WBC Super Featherweight title fight Takashi Miura will make the second defense of his title. Coming in on the back of his fight of the year contender with Sergio Thompson, Miura will face Dante Jordan in what is another sure fire hit. In a WBA battle Takashi Uchiyama will take on Japanese national champion Daiki Kaneko.
Whilst Miura (26-2-2, 19), will be the side attraction in terms of his bout we do expect him to be given a good nights work by Jordan (24-3, 20) who himself is a hard hitter. With 39 KO's in 57 bouts the two can bang and both go into this contest on the back of their best victories. For Miura that was back to back victories over Gamaliel Diaz and Sergio Thompson, for Jordan that was victories over Miguel Roman, Adrian Verdugo, Akinori Kanai and also Diaz.
Interestingly Jordan is 1-1 against Japanese born fights, and 2-1 against Japanese based fighters thanks to victories over Kanai and Ricky Sismundo whilst he was beaten by Kyohei Tamakoshi. On the flipside Miura has scored his previous 2 victories over Mexicans.
In the all Japanese bout between the unbeaten Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17) and compatriot Kaneko (19-2-3, 12) we probably have a less interesting bout, though one that again sees a lot on the line. For Uchiyama it will be his 8th world title defense whilst it will be Kaneko's first foray into the world level. For Kaneko however it's a big opportunity and one that seems to have arrived at the perfect time.
As the reigning Japanese national champion Kaneko will be handing in his title for this bout, a title he has defended 4 times in around 18 months. Whilst his record may be sketchy on paper Kaneko is unbeaten in 16 contests and has won his last 6 by stoppage, including an 8th round stoppage over Seiichi Okada.
Uchiyama will rightfully be favoured, heavily, though will come in to this bout with just 15 rounds of action in almost 2 years and on the back of what we believe was a serious hand injury.
We are hoping that if the two Takashi's win then they will meet each other in a long awaited Uchiyama v Miura II contest, a bout that would see the WBA and WBC titles unified and a bout that would be sure to set the Super Featherweight division on fire.
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