I've got bad news and good news. The bad news is that the long-rumored bout between Takashi Uchiyama and Nicholas Walters may not happen just yet. The good news is that we'll still get a very good fight in its place.
In its ongoing effort to reduce the number of belts in play, the World Boxing Association has ordered super featherweight titlists Takashi Uchiyama and Javier Fortuna to face one another in the immediate future. As usual, the fighters have thirty days to negotiate before the fight goes to a purse bid.
Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KO), known for good reason as "KO Dynamite," has long ruled the roost at 130 pounds. He first won the WBA belt in 2010 with a twelfth-round knockout of Juan Carlos Salgado and defended it nine times before being upgraded to "Super" champion last year. He's defended that belt twice, knocking out Jomthong Chuwattani and Oliver Flores.
Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KO) has always been phenomenally talented but inconsistent, destroying worlds one day and scraping past mid-level opposition the next. His 2015 campaign saw him win the vacant WBA belt with a decision over Bryan Vasquez, then defend it four months later with a tenth-round finish of Carlos Velasquez.
Fortuna is almost a decade younger than Uchiyama, but the Japanese vet has been more or less unstoppable throughout his career. As good as "El Abejón" is, KO Dynamite is on a whole other level compared to who he's faced in the past. How competitive do you guys see this being?