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Julio Ceja Returns This Weekend, Eyes Yamanaka Bout

By Jake Donovan

Julio Ceja scouted with interest the outcome of Shinsuke Yamanaka’s title defense versus Belgium’s Stephane Jamoye, in which the reigning bantamweight champ scored a 9th round knockout Wednesday evening in Osaka, Japan.

The bout resonated with Ceja since he holds the ‘Silver’ version of the belt Yamanaka has owned since stopping Christian Esquivil in six rounds to begin his title reign in Nov. ’11. Ceja (26-1, 24KO) returns to the ring in a stay busy this weekend, facing Philippines’ Randy Suco in the Televisa-televised main event live from Foro Polanco in Mexico City.

A win this weekend will keep Ceja’s place in line for a second crack at a major title. The bantamweight knockout artist from Mexico came up short in his lone attempt to date, dropping a decision to Jamie McDonnell in their vacant title fight last May.

Two wins have followed – both by knockout – as Ceja guns for his third straight. Assuming he claims victory, the next step could very well be a swing at the best bantamweight in the world.

“The next step for ‘Pollito’ is a defense of his WBC silver title this weekend. Assuming he wins, we will approach the WBC about landing a shot at Yamanaka,” reveals Oswaldo Kuchle, Ceja’s promoter.

Suco (15-7-2, 6KO) fights outside of his native Philippines for the first time in his career, in addition to stepping way up in class. While nothing is impossible, a win by Suco would go down as one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent memory.

Ceja is never overconfident when it comes to his fights, and refused to talk about anything other than the present task on hand. As far as his team, they like what they see when looking to the future.

“After reviewing the WBC rankings, we are positive that the only fighter who can beat the undefeated champion is Julio Ceja, who is a tremendous puncher and will be too much for Yamanaka.”

Ceja appears on this weekend’s show with his brother, 108 lb. contender Luis ‘Gallito’ Ceja.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America.

Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 04-24-2014

Rather have Moreno... I got yamanaka in this

Comment by nycsmooth on 04-24-2014

1st Cejas brother, Luis, is not much, lost to Mariana Juarez's brother, Saul, last time out in an 8 rounder...Julio is 4 real but needs some defense if he got a shot @ Yamanaka..the Filipino won't be around that long…

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