Over the weekend the WBA have announced that Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志] will have to defend his WBA "super" Super Featherweight title against regular champion Javier Fortuna (29-0-1-1,21).
The WBA have informed both parties of their decision and given them 30 days to reach a deal before the bout goes to purse bids.
Unfortunately this announcement appears to derail the hopes of see Uchiyama face Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21) on the under-card of Manny Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley III, a move that appeared to be all but signed earlier this month.
Interestingly for Uchiyama it does seem like this bout, as the Walters one was supposed to be, could be in the US and see the hard hitting Japanese favourite making his long awaited US debut. Though of course it won't be on a card as high profile as the Pacquiao/Bradley III card.
The move from the WBA is likely to be met with both frustration and agreement. The fact the WBA are moving towards a single champion in every division is a great thing, genuinely, but it seems like they've again done it in a frustrating manner, as they did in the Super Bantamweight division with Qiu Xiao Jun (19-2, 9) [裘晓君] and Raymond Commey (13-2, 7), who got written word that the bout would be for the title before the WBA did a 180. Had they given the fighters time to sort out their next bouts, which were both said to be close to finalised, then ordered them to fight things would have made more sense.
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