JAPAN UPDATE


October 14, 2013

TOKYO, JAPAN

WBC female 105-pound champ Naoko Fujioka lately renounced her belt in order to move up to the 115-pound category and have an ambitious shot at the WBA super-fly belt against compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi here in Tokyo, Japan, on November 13. The vacant WBC throne will be disputed by Japanfs Mari Ando and Mexican Jasseth Noriega in Osaka, Japan, on December 14.

WBA female 102-pound champ Ayaka Miyao will make a mandatory defense against top contender Gretchen Abaniel of the Philippines in Tokyo on November 28.

Although the female boxing is still less popular here, we may watch a hot surge in the end of this year.

Teiken Promotions has announced that Roman Gonzalez, WBA light-fly super champ of Nicaragua, will face Mexican hard-puncher Oscar Blanquet, and ex-WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Ao will cope with WBC#30 super-feather Alan Herrera beneath a world title twinbill featuring WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka and two-time world ruler Jorge Linares in Tokyo on November 10, when it is not so cold that Blanquet need not bring his own blanket from Mexico.

WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda announced he will defend his belt against Korean veteran Jungoh Son in Cheju, Korea, on November 19. We just wonder why Kameda will go and fight in Korea.

Unbeaten WBA 130-pound champ Takashi Uchiyama will make his eighth defense against a challenger to be designated on the last day of this year. Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) seems to make a rule to defend his belt on December 31 as in the last two years. It should have been very customary to clean up our homes to welcome the New Year day, but we now have an exception only in fight scribes who will have to go to the arena to cover world title bouts. WBA light-fly champ Kazuto Ioka and WBA minimum ruler Ryo Miyazaki are said to participate in world title goes in Osaka on the same year-end day. The former will be shown by TV Tokyo, while the latter by TBS television.

(10-14-2013)


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