Nishioka set for title defense

Kyodo News

WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka will face challenger Rendall Munroe of Britain sometime this fall in a mandatory defense of the title, his Teiken Boxing Gym said on Thursday.

Nishioka will make his fifth title defense against Munroe — the No. 1 ranked contender.

The fight will take place in September or October and the two sides are negotiating whether to hold it in Japan or Britain.

Munroe, who like Nishioka is a southpaw, has a record of 21-1 with nine knockouts.

“My impression is that he has a solid guard and throws a lot of punches,” said Nishioka, adding that he is not overly concerned that Munroe is also a southpaw.

“It doesn’t trouble me but I plan to work out my tactics for the fight.”

Nishioka stopped Balweg Bangoyan of the Philippines in the fifth round in his fourth successful title defense in April.