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Uchiyama-Fortuna Negotiations Going Well For Showdown

By Hisao Adachi

This past Friday, Japanese professional boxing celebrated all of the highlights of 2015 at the Tokyo Dome Hotel in the Japanese capital.

The annual awards ceremony was held. Japanese boxing ended the calendar year of 2015 with a total of 18 world champions, 11 are men and 7 are women.

The award for "Best Japanese Boxer of 2015" was handed to undefeated WBA super featherweight champion Takashi "KO Dynamite" Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20KOs, 36 years old and Watanabe Boxing Gym Tokyo) for his two impressive knockout wins last year.

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The World Boxing Association recently ordered Uchiyama to face WBA 'regular' super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna. The sanctioning body is trying to eliminate the issue of having multiple world chanpions in each division.

Hitoshi Watanabe, the 66-years-old manager/promoter of Uchiyama, says the negogiations are going well with Fortuna's management for a WBA unification fight potentially in May. He believes an agreement will be reached between the two sides.

Watanabe is not exactly pushing for the contest to take place in Japan. He is very open to the idea of having his fighter take on Fortuna on a big stage in the United States, hopefully at a venue in Las Vegas.

Uchiyama had wanted to face former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, but there wasn't a lot of movement on the fight in terms of the negotiations and then the WBA handed down their order which called for the Japanese star to face Fortuna.

Fortuna (29-0-1, 21KOs), who knocked out Carlos Velasquez in the ninth round last September, has a very tough and tricky style. The Domincan fighter is fast, has good movement and also has very dangerous power in both hands.

Uchiyama and his team very the fight as dangerous, but they are very confident of being able to get the win whether it takes place in Japan or the United States.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 02-15-2016

Fortuna is too wild for Uchy..Uchy wins easily. .he beats all tge champs at 130 and the guys moving up from 126..Vargas can give him trouble he is a solid boxer. ..Pedraza and Rocky both lose...Pedraza maybe later down tge…

Comment by Boxfan83 on 02-14-2016

Good fight, Vargas beats both. The 130lb division is the best in boxing imo...

Comment by lets rumble on 02-14-2016

uchiyama is the best at 130 by far........ forget fortuna winning this one .....

Comment by tiliheels on 02-14-2016

[quote=lightsout_finit;16468334]this is a good match up!! I think fortuna will ko him....[/quote] now we talkin baby...javi squad bring it on to vegas!

Comment by tiliheels on 02-14-2016

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;16467851]uchiyama getting up there in age. could be an upset brewing here.[/QUOTE] u damn right it is brewing...JAVI SQUAD

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