Happy New Year, Tokyo Style

By Robert Ecksel on December 23, 2015
Happy New Year, Tokyo Style
The champ is one tough hombre, but Flores believes that Uchiyama is ready to be taken.

The Japanese don’t need funny hats, noisemakers, and endless renditions of Auld Lange Syne. Not when there’s boxing…

The Japanese get New Years. They don’t need funny hats, noisemakers, and endless renditions of Auld Lange Syne. Not when there’s boxing.

On December 31, 2105, at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, WBA Super World super featherweight champion Takashi “Kid Dynamite” Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs), the 36-year-old gunslinger from Tokyo, defends his title against WBA #7 ranked Oliver “Trombita” Flores (27-1-2, 17 KOs), the 24-year-old southpaw from Leon, Nicaragua.

Uchiyama has held the title for five years. He stopped defending champion Juan Carlos Salgado (21-0-1 at the time) in the 12th and final round, on January 11, 2010, and has defended the crown 10 times.

He is one tough hombre, but Flores, who is promoted by Havoc Boxing Promotions, believes Uchiyama is ready to be taken. He also believes he’s the man to do it.

“I’ve worked hard my whole life with the goal of becoming a world champion someday,” he said. “That time is now just a few weeks away. I’m very determined to show the boxing world and everyone in the super featherweight division that I’ve arrived.”

Flores has won five in a row since suffering a second round knockout at the hands of Miguel Berchelt, who is currently ranked WBO #1 and IBF #5.

“Uchiyama is the champion and he’s fighting in his backyard, which is going to be a difficult task to for me to come out victorious. But I’ve always believed that I would be a world champion and that reality will come true on December 31st.”

Rob Diaz of Havoc Boxing is no less optimistic than “Trombita.”

“We are thrilled to be representing another world champion in a high profile fight with Oliver Flores challenging Takashi Uchiyama for the WBA super-featherweight world title,” he said. “Flores is in great shape and we believe he has all the tools to come out victorious.”

Also in the card, WBA World light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9 KOs), also fighting out of Tokyo, defends his title against rugged Luis de la Rosa (24-5-1, 14 KOs), from Arboletes, Colombia.

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  1. Koolz 12:01pm, 12/23/2015

    Tons of Huge Fights in Japan at the end of the Year don’t miss it!!!

  2. Mike Casey 07:10am, 12/23/2015

    Thank goodness. I recently carried a picture of Uchiyama on my website. They normally lose their next one when you do that!

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