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WBC 130lb champ Ao faces Diaz

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-feather champ, Japanese southpaw Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10 KOs) will put his belt on the line against veteran Mexican Gamaliel Diaz (36-9-2, 17 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on October 27. It was announced by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions. Ao will make his fourth defense since he dethroned Vitali Tajbelt of Germany via unanimous verdict in 2010. Diaz previously failed to win world belts from Jorge Linares in 2007 and from Humberto Soto in 2008, but he once decked an upset important victory over Robert Guerrero to win the NABF feather title to his credit in 2005. The Mexican, now holding the CABOFE 130-pound belt, has scored thirteen wins in a row. Will the third time pay for all? Ao, fresh from his last defense against official challenger Terdsak Kokietgym this April, says, “I hope to convincingly win over Diaz to pave the way to realize an anticipated unification bout with WBA champ Takashi Uchiyama in the near future.”

On the same bill, up-and-coming Japanese bantam champ Ryosuke Iwasa (12-1, 9 KOs) will take on ex-world challenger David De La Mora (24-2, 17 KOs), Mexico, over ten. WBA#10 lightwegiht Takashi Miura (23-2-2, 17 KOs) will cope with ex-OPBF ruler and compatriot Ryuji Migaki (17-3, 13 KOs) over ten.

The show will take place at Tokyo International Forum in the daytime.




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