Yesterday we saw WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19) and WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9) both retain their world titles with impressive performances against Thai opponents. Following those victories the fighters took part in a press conference which saw them answering questions about their futures.
For Uchiyama much of the focus was on the often mentioned unification bout with WBC champion Takashi Miura. It seems there is hope for that bout to be made later this year, however Uchiyama has admitted that he is looking at two other potential big fights.
They are bouts with Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jamaican slugger Nicholas Walters, both of which would be mouth watering encounters for fans of Uchiyama and neither bout would be expected to go the distance. More importantly however they would help build Uchiyama's international profile rather than having him remain an almost unknown to casual boxing fans from the west.
As for Taguchi it seems his attention is on WBA "interim" champion Randy Petalcorin of the Philippines. It's a bout we'd like to see and it's a bout that would give both the fighters a big opportunity to stake their claim as one of the true top dogs in the division. If it can't come off then we're expecting another decent match up for Taguchi, possibly against Ryo Miyazaki, who has shown an interest in fighting Taguchi.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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