Japanese Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura (15-2-1, 2) knows that his fight on Saturday is a major one for his career. The champion, who is defending his title for the 3rd time when he takes on Hayato Yamaguchi (12-5-1, 2) at the Korakuen Hall, seems to feel that a successful defense will see him being moved towards a WBA world title fight with compatriot Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8) in his next bout.
Kimura, who is ranked by all 4 major organisations, enters his bout as the #14 WBA ranked contender but has made his intentions clear and seems to feel that a bout with Taguchi could be made if he's success tomorrow and if Taguchi is successful in his first defense in May, against #15 ranked challenger Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26).
If the fight does get made it'll be a hugely interesting one with several sub-plots, including the fact it will be a rematch of a 2011 contest that saw Taguchi scoring a 6th round TKO over Kimura and giving Kimura his first, and so far only, stoppage defeat. It's clear Kimura would like revenge for that loss though it's also obvious that Taguchi has improved drastically since that bout and wins over Yuki Chinen, Florante Condes and Alberto Rossel all show how far he's come.
Although the fight isn't a done deal, even if both men win their up coming bouts, it is a bout that both teams have shown an interest in and would make for a very interesting summer bout.
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