When You Wish Upon a Star

By Brian Mazique on February 17, 2016
When You Wish Upon a Star
Both are undefeated and have excellent power as evidenced by their KO totals. (RicaldeArt)

Uchiyama wanted to face former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, but the negotiations didn’t go anywhere…

If you made a wish list of the most desirable fights to make in the lower weight classes, a clash between WBA super featherweight champion Takashi “Dynamite” Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs) and WBA “regular” champion Javier Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KO) would rank pretty highly.

Sometimes, wishes come true.

Per Hisao Adachi of Boxing Scene, Uchiyama has been ordered by the WBA to face Fortuna. The WBA is currently on an initiative designed to establish one champion in each weight class. The heavyweights are beginning a tournament in March, and this 130-pound scrap would give the governing body a single champion.

Aside from the appeal of having one champion, this matchup could potentially generate a classic fight. Both men are undefeated and have excellent power as evidenced by their KO totals. At 36 years old, Uchiyama is 10 years Fortuna’s senior, but the Dominican has had five more professional fights than the Japanese champion. The last time out, Fortuna scored a 10th-round TKO victory over Carlos Velasquez in September 2015. It was Fortuna’s first defense of his version of the WBA title after winning the vacant strap via unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez in May 2015.

Originally, Uchiyama wanted to face former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, but the negotiations didn’t go anywhere. It seems Uchiyama has warmed to the concept of facing Fortuna so much, that he is also open to having the fight take place in the United States. This is a departure from Uchiyama’s normal fight locations. Every one of his professional fights has taken place in Japan thus far. 

The last time out, Uchiyama stopped Oliver Flores in the third round of his 2015 New Year’s Eve bout in Tokyo. He has recorded three-straight stoppage wins, and the victory over Flores was his 10th successful title defense since taking the championship from Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010.

Despite his success, Uchiyama and his camp acknowledge that Fortuna represents a significant challenge for the champion. Adachi wrote: “Uchiyama and his team know the fight is dangerous, but they are very confident of being able to get the win whether it takes place in Japan or the United States.”

There’s no date set as of yet for this bout, but fans can only hope it happens sooner rather than later. This is the type of fight that is not just good for the WBA, it’s also great for the sport on a whole.

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