Five World Boxing Federation (WBF) regional championship fights are currently scheduled for the month of June 2019, taking place in Mexico, Japan and China.
It all kicks off on June 7 in Mexico, when 20-year-old undefeated local favourite Esteban “El Towy” Sanchez, 14-0 (9), takes on Ricardo Lopez, 10-3-3 (8), for the vacant WBF Mexico Lightweight title at the Tijuana Events Centre.
The fight headlines a massive 20 bout show promoted by Terrazas Boxing Promotions, billed as “Friday Night Fights”.
Two days later, on June 9 in Osaka, Japan, Ayuma “Flaco” Hanada, 4-0 (3), squares off with compatriot Ryo Hashiya, 4-1 (3), for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific Flyweight title on a card staged by Golden Ball Promotions.
Interestingly, both boxers will be boxing in their birth-country for the first time as professionals, as Hanada is based in Mexico and Hashiya is fighting out of Thailand.
On June 11 in Xi´an, China, former WBF Intercontinental title-challenger Li Ping Shi, 9-2-1 (4), goes for the vacant WBF Womens Asia Pacific Bantamweight title against former OPBF titlist Yuko Henzan, 10-7-4 (3), from Japan. Xian Topking Promotion promotes.
Since losing to Hee Jung Yuh in South Korea for the Intercontinental Super Flyweight title in December of 2017, Ping Shi (21) returned in style to capture the WBC Asian Boxing Council belt last May, and will now move up in weight to face the experienced 32-year-old from Okinawa.
Finally, Friday June 14 will see a World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship double-header take place in Mexico, as Strikking Boxing Promotions welcomes fans to the Auditorio Del Estardo in Mexicali.
Gabriel Adrian “El Tanque” Garcia, 8-3-2 (1), and Francisco “Rayo” Valenzuela, 19-13 (14), will fight for the vacant WBF North America Cruiserweight title in a battle with plenty of Mexicali bragging rights also on the line.
In the evenings co-feature, WBF Mexico Welterweight Champion Ramon “Cholo” Barajas, 12-17 (5), from Tepic, appears to be in for a tough first title-defense against 20-year-old local man Dilon “El Terrible” Loza, 14-2 (9).