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Photos: Masayuki Ito, Ken Shiro, Takuma Inoue - Triple Finalized

The first big end-of-year card, which will have two world title matches and one interim, was officially announced for December 30 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, with Fuji TV broadcasting. (photos by Naoki Fukada).

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According to AsianBoxing, on this important card, Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12 knockouts) will defend his title against mandatory challenger, the Russian Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10 knockouts), in which he will be making the first defense since winning the title in the United States against Christopher Diaz.

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His fight with Chuprakov is a good first defense. Chuprakov fought with his Filipino foe Ernie Sanchez the last time, a man Ito easily beat in 2016.

Another world champion defending his title on the program will be Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), defending the WBC flyweight title against Mexico's Saul Juarez (24-8-2, 13). The "Smiling Killer" has had a great 2018, which already includes stoppage victories over Ganigan Lopez and Milan Melindo, and this fight really pushes him towards the Japanese Fighter of the Year award.

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For Juarez, the fight is an unexpected possibility. Since losing to Wanheng Menayothin in August 2016, he really has not done much to deserve a world title shot, going 1-3-1 with losses to Leroy Estrada and Gilbero Pedroza.

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The least surprising thing was the announcement that Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) would face off against Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33 KOs), a fight that had essentially been confirmed at the WBC convention earlier in the year. Now it seems that his match will be for the WBC "interim" title.

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Takuma is Naoya Inoue's younger brother (17-0, 15 KOs) and he's is trying to get out of the monster's shadow. A victory here would certainly help him excel in his own right.

This card will be held in the General Gymnasium of the City of Ota and is expected to have a solid supporting card.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 11-08-2018

Ken Shiro's slacks are at least 3 sizes too small, never mind his choice of footwear. I've never seen a guy who looks less like a boxer than Ken but he can definitely fight.

Comment by 1hourRun on 11-08-2018

Nice move WBC, you get two sanctioning fees now that Takuma Inoue and Sor Chitpattana are fighting for a fake 'interim' title and Nordine Oubaali gets rewarded with the opportunity of winning the full ( REAL ) title vs. Rau'shee…

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