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Mitamura, Tenkai invade Mexico

By Joe Koizumi

It is the first time in history that a couple of Japanese boxers have ambitious cracks at world championships on a same show abroad. Unbeaten WBA #9 ex-Japanese national 105-pound champ Takuya Mitamura (12-0, 2 KOs) will face WBA interim minimumweight titlist Jesus Silvestre (25-3, 18 KOs) in a quest for the belt in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, on October 6. It will be promoted by Canelo Promotions, which also presents another world title bout of WBA female bantam titleholder Janeth Perez (16-0-2, 4 KOs), Mexico, against former WBA super-fly ruler Tsunami Tenkai (18-4, 7 KOs), Japan, over ten rounds.

Mitamura, formerly an amateur boxer of Chuoh university, acquired the vacant national belt by defeating ex-world challenger and southpaw veteran Takashi Kunishige last November and kept it once by halting Toshihiro Nakajima this April. He is a busy-punching speedster who loves mixing it up, so he will please Mexican spectators. Tenkai forfeited her 115-pound belt to compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi by a close verdict this July, and strongly wishes to win her third world throne in Mexico. Buena suerte (good luck).

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