Adrien Broner is quickly making a name for himself Stateside, and has no real reason to fight Takashi Uchiyama. (Photo by Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE)
It would be easy to argue that Adrien Broner and Takashi Uchiyama are are the two best super featherweights in the sport today, in either order, and the Japanese WBA titlist says he'd like to take a shot at the cocky young American. From notifight.com, via BoxingScene.com:
"At the moment, I want to unify my title against American boxer Adrien Broner, the champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 130-pounds, and then in the future I would like to fight against Celestino Caballero."
Caballero is the WBA's featherweight titleholder and wants to move up to 130 and face Uchiyama, which is pretty much par for the course for Caballero, who has over time earned a lot of respect for realizing his situation, accepting some limitations, and just going all-out to be a road warrior.
There are practical reasons that Broner vs Uchiyama won't happen, which we've discussed before. For one thing, the Japanese commission doesn't recognize Broner's WBO title (or any WBO title), so unless Uchiyama intends to make a full-time move to America, there's really no point in him trying to unify other than pride, which is a great reason, don't get me wrong, but it's not usually something that makes a fight happen anymore.
Also, neither of them is likely to travel. Uchiyama makes solid money in Japan, and Broner the same in the States, with a lot more coming if he pans out as the fighter many think he is. HBO loves the kid, he's managed by Al Haymon and fights on Golden Boy cards, and he's got a lot of upside. Risking that to fight a guy nobody in America has heard of isn't likely -- I'm not saying Broner wouldn't fight him if Uchiyama wanted to come over, but I don't think that's a fight anyone is looking to make happen from his side.
So ultimately, it's a nice idea, and a nice quote, but the fight isn't going to happen, so it's pretty empty, too. Uchiyama could just fight Caballero and I think everyone would be happy with that.