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.