February 17, 2016
IBF top-ranked junior bantamweight, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11 KOs) will appear tonight in a tune-up bout prior to his mandatory IBF title crack at the winner of the forthcoming unification bout between IBF champ Carl Frampton and WBA titlist Scott Quigg on February 27 as Wake will face Indonesian ruler Waldo Sabu on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Wake duly acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at Frampton after defeating world-rated Mike Tawatchai in an IBF-sanctioned eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger here under Kyoei Promotions last June. Frampton was then obliged to face Wake within last year, but the IBF accepted the special permit of the Frampton-Quigg unification bout under the condition that the winner should face Wake in the next title bout, whoever may be victorious.
It has become a very complex situation since the WBA afterwards also ordered the winner to face WBA champ in recess Guillermo Rigondeaux next. The unified champ may fight with both belts on the line, but it is impossible to fight both Wake and Rigondeaux in the same ring. Even for Sherlock Holmes it might be a difficult riddle to solve. Time will tell.
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