Weigh-in photos from Macau of Miguel Vazquez-Denis Shafikov, Zou Shiming-Yokthong Kokietgym, Ryota Murata-Carlos Nascimento and Egor Mekhontsev-Atthaporn Jaritram. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
Fighters for the Feb. 22 show in Macau arrive and stage public workouts. The card includes lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez vs. Denis Shafikov, plus Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata, Egor Mekhontsev and Zou Shiming.
IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez will attempt to defend his title for the sixth time when he faces undefeated Russian contender Denis Shafikov in Macau. The card will also feature three Olympic gold medalists in separate bouts.
There is a “strong chance” that WBA featherweight beltholder Simphiwe Vetyeka will make his first title defense against Japanese contender Akifumi Shimoda on Feb. 22, Vetyeka’s manager Andile Sidinile tells RingTV.com.
RING and WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi made the second successful defense of his title Friday night in Tokyo, defeating streaking former titleholder Edgar Sosa by unanimous decision, while countrymen Ryota Murata, Naoya Inoue and Ryosuke Iwasa all notched stoppages on the same card.
Brazilian silver medalist Esqiuva Falcao, whose older brother signed with Golden Boy in October, inked a promotional deal with rival Top Rank.
Japanese Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata has signed with Top Rank and will fight at middleweight as a professional.