Earlier this year Japanese boxing fans were shocked as long time hero Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] lost his WBA Super Featherweight "super" title to the then little known little known Panamanian Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8). Uchiyama was blitzed by his challenger in what was, and stills is, one of the biggest shocks this year.
Over the last week there have been growing stories that a deal was in place for Uchiyama and Corrales to rematch on New Year's Eve, the date that Uchiyama is expected back in the ring.
Today Uchiyama, who was doing television work for TV Tokyo, denied that a rematch was a done deal and that it was mere speculation. He stated that he wasn't going to "quit while losing", suggesting that his career wasn't over, and that he was looking to be a champion again, however no deal with Corrales has been set in stone.
Despite Uchiyama's comments the rematch is still looking likely with with Uchiyama's promoter, Hitoshi Watanabe, having a 1-fight option on Corrales which is likely to be the rematch with Uchiyama. Of course Watanabe may make a solid offer to another champion, such IBF champion Jose Pedraza, but the Corrales rematch does seem to be the most likely for Uchiyama's much anticipated ring return.
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