By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com had been advised that the International Boxing Federation has officially sanctioned [IBF #1] Shingo Wake vs. [#2] Jonathan Guzman for the vacant IBF super bantamweight title.
The fight will take place on July 20 at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan.
The belt became vacant when Carl Frampton dropped the title for a planned move to super featherweight, where he faces WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz on July 30th in New York City. Frampton captured the title in February from Scott Quigg.
Gumzan (21-0, 21KOs) has stopped every opponent inside of nine rounds. He was in the ring back in April when he pounded Mexican veteran Daniel Rosas for eight rounds before the fight was stopped. They fought for the IBF's #2 ranking.
Wake (20-4-2, 12KOs) has been waiting for his title shot for a while. He won an IBF eliminator last June won Tokyo with a twelve round decision over Mike Tawatchai. He was then in line to face Frampton, who reached a unification agreement with Scott Quigg. The IBF ordered the winner to make an immediate defense against Wake, but the Japanese fighter was once again forc3ed to wait when Frampton vacated.
He came back in February to beat Waldo Sabu by knockout in five. Wake, who has never been stopped as a pro, has been unbeaten since 2012 and won his last ten fights.