By Tamas Pradarics
Former light flyweight world champion Pedro Guevara is getting his much anticipated shot at WBC champion Ken Shiro (10-0, 5 KOs) on Sunday in Tokyo. The Mexican pugilist is a long-time mandatory challenger for the green-and-gold belt at 108 pounds.
Guevara (30-2-1, 17 KOs) had to leave his WBC belt in Japan in November, 2015 following a highly controversial split decision loss to unheralded Yu Kimura. The 28-year-old former titlist had to wait years to finally get his shot to regain his once-held belt.
”I feel really excited for this opportunity, and I am in good shape and ready for a war. We are so motivated about this challenge to regain my WBC championship belt,” said a willing Guevara to BoxingScene.com.
This is going to be the third time Pedro is fighting in Japan. The first time he travelled to the island he challenged Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi whom he stopped in a war of attrition with a well-placed liver shot in round seven. The second time saw Guevara leaving his belt at the Xebio Arena in Sendai, Miyagi against Kimura. The two experiences show a clear path towards glory for the Mexican challenger.
”I need to make it convincingly because of the judges. For this, I had better win by knockout. I am definitely looking to do just that.”
The winner of Shiro vs Guevara has to face the new WBC mandatory challenger, Ganigan Lopez next. Pedro knows a lot about his countryman after he decisioned Lopez back in July 2015 serving as a title defense. Guevara might be open to face former champ Lopez again after a targeted win on Sunday.
”Right now my goal is to win the WBC light flyweight championship of the world against Shiro. Maybe after my win I will to stay at 108 pounds to defend my title a couple of times. But first I have to take care of Shiro and this is what I am about to do.”
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