By Hisao Adachi
It was confirmed by the Miyata Boxing Gym in Tokyo that the WBC #9 world ranked super flyweight and former flyweight champion of the OPBF, Takuya Kogawa (17-1, 10KOs, 26-years-old, will get his first global opportunity on July 1 against Thai southpaw and WBC flyweight world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam WBC (80-3-1, 44KOs) in a province of Thailand.
For the Thai king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, it will be the second defense of his title that he won in a March 2010 decision by beating Japanese Koki Kameda in Tokyo.
Hiroyuki Miyata, manager and the chairman of the Miyata Boxing Gym in Tokyo, says he already signed the contract for the world flyweight championship bout in Thailand between Takuya Kogawa and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
Hiroyuki Miyata said to be a tough fight for Takuya Kogawa, but he already has well-calculated plan to beat Wonjongkam to bring back the WBC flyweight world title to Miyata Boxing Gym, which is the headquarters of the former WBC world champion Daisuke Naito.
Takuya Kogawa is happy with joy at this global opportunity - "I recognize that Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is a great champion. But in my mind, there is nothing else in my mind than a win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Thailand."
Kogawa was born and raised in Tokyo.
In his last fight in October 2010 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, where he defeated by technical decision in the sixth round, Filipino Danilo Pena for the vacant OPBF super flyweight title (Boxing Federation of East and Pacific), Takuya Kogawa choose to renounce the title of the OPBF to concentrate on finding a global opportunity.
Kogawa became an international boxer by winning a ten round decision in July 2009 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo over then ranked flyweight and former world title challenger, Xiong Zhao Zhong of China, who faced then WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito in May 2009 of Tokyo and lost by decision.
The Japanese boxing fans know Pongsaklek Wonjongkam very well, as he fought seven times in Japan since 2001.
Wonjongkam was an enduring world champion in his first reign as the king of the WBC flyweight crown for six years with 17 consecutive title defenses, from 2001 until he was dethroned in Japan in 2007 by the Japanese Daisuke Naito.
To date, Wonjongkam holds a total of ten wins against Japanese opponents, retaining his title five times in Thailand and an equal number in Japan. Wonjongkam conquered the WBC interim world title in April 2009 by winning over Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda by decision in Thailand. Pongsaklek then fought for the full title in March 2010 in Tokyom beating Japanese star Koki Kameda for the belt by decision.