Uutoni’s fight date moved closer

04 Jan 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JAN (NAMPA) – The junior flyweight final world title eliminator fight between Namibia’s Japhet ‘The Namibian Lion’ Uutoni and Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta of Puerto Rico has been brought forward to 11 February in Puerto Rico because of television rights issues.
The fight was initially scheduled for 25 February in Texas, United States of America.
This was revealed in a media statement made available to Nampa by the Mobile Telecommunications’ (MTC) Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy on Wednesday.
Uutoni’s promoter, Nestor Tobias told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday the change of venue and date was necessitated because there was no television broadcast rights for the match on the initial date in Texas.
“Television plays a big role in determining some of these things, hence the date and venue had to be changed,” he said.
The winner will face the newly crowned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Junior Flyweight champion, Kosei Tanaka from Japan. Tanaka won the vacant title against Moises Fuentes from Mexico on 31 December 2016 in Japan by technical knockout.
Tobias added that Uutoni has been in the gym for the entire holiday, and has been training hard and smart.
“The change in date and venue will not affect us as he is ready to face Acosta anywhere at any time,” said an upbeat Tobias.
He emphasised that Uutoni knows what is at stake: a win will declare him the best in the world in this weight class.
Uutoni holds the WBO International light flyweight belt won against Twalib Tuwa in Windhoek in October last year. He has 13 fights of which he lost one, while Acosta has 15 undefeated fights.
By simple definition, a final world title eliminator is when two top rated boxers are given an opportunity to fight each other, with the winner of that fight becoming the mandatory challenger to fight the current world champion in that particular division.