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Takuma Inoue to defend WBA bantamweight title, Akui to challenge WBA flyweight champ Dalakian

Sep 16, 2023 1:49 am

  World Boxing Association bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue of Ohashi Boxing Gym will make his first title defense against sixth-ranked Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines while the WBA’s top-ranked flyweight Seigo ‘’Yuri’ Akui of Kurashiki Moriyasu Boxing Gym will challenge champion Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the latter’s title on Nov. 15 at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Amazon Prime Video said on Sept. 15.

Takuma Inoue (R) and Akui

  The 27-year-old Inoue said, ‘’While Ancajas will be one of the strongest opponents in my career, I am determined to show the advanced Takuma Inoue because I think the upcoming fight will only serve as a waypoint for my aim of unifying the division’s titles. I’m no doubt superior to him in terms of speed, technique and stamina.’’ He aims at emulating what his brother Naoya ‘’the Monster’’ Inoue did at bantamweight (unifying all the titles).

  Ancajas, 31, was a former International Boxing Federation super flyweight kingpin as he successfully defended the title nine times until he lost it to Fernando Martinez of Argentine in February last year. After failing to recapture the title from Martinez, Ancajas moved up to the bantamweight division and won a nontitle bout in this past June.

  Inoue, who won the vacant title in April by decisioning Liborio Solis of Venezuela, has a record of 18 wins, including four knockouts, against a loss. For his Part, the left-handed Ancajas has a 34-3-2 win-loss-draw tally with 23 KOs.

  Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Akui, who has been waiting for his chance to take a crack at a world title, said, ‘’I am excited because Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest fight venue for me. I will bring home the championship belt to Okayama Prefecture (western Japan). I would like to knock him out with a straight right in the end.’’

  The 36-year-old Dalakian captured the vacant title in February 2018 by decisioning Brian Viloria of the United States and has so far successfully defended the title six times. He is undefeated in his 22 bouts, including 15 KOs. Akui has a record of 18 wins, 11 by KO, against two losses and a draw.

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