American fight fans will be treated to a world championship doubleheader edition of morning meal and Boxing on Sunday, Dec. 30 from the historic Ota City General Gymnasium at Tokyo.
At the co-feature, at a battle for the WBC interim bantamweight world title, Takuma Inoue will battle fellow unbeaten Tasana Salapat.
The action begins at 5:00 a.m. ET on ESPN+ — that the new multisport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & worldwide segment in conjunction with ESPN. The Ito-Chuprakov mainevent is expected to begin at about 6:20% ET.
Ito (24-1-1, 12 KOs) caught the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title on July 28 at Kissimmee, Fla., moving on the road because of large underdog and beating Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz by unanimous decision. Ito, a Tokyo native, is no stranger to fighting within his home . Before the Diaz struggle, most of his expert bouts had happened in Tokyo. Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs), a native of Ekaterinburg, Russia, moved 10 or more rounds in four of his past six bouts. In his final outing, July 14 at Ekaterinburg, he scored a 10-round unanimous decision against Ernie Sanchez.
Salapat (48-0, 33 KOs), by Roi Et, Thailand, will be making his fifth ring appearance of 2018. A seven-year expert who has obtained a host of regional titles, Inoue symbolizes the stiffest test of their 25-year-old’therefore livelihood.
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