WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka has booked a date to meet Britain’s Rendall Munroe in his fifth title defense at Ryogoku Kokugikan this October, his Teiken Boxing Gym said Tuesday.
Nishioka, who turned 34 on Sunday, will face Munroe in a mandatory defense of the crown on Oct. 24.
The Japanese southpaw, known for his hard-hitting left jab, has won four consecutive bouts from his first title defense by knockout — the most ever in Japan.
“It’s not as if I’ll try for a knockout, but I definitely think I’ll get a chance. I’ll look for every opportunity to win,” Nishioka said at a press conference.
Nishioka is 36-4 (23 KOs) with three draws. The 30-year-old Munroe, the No. 1 ranked contender who is undefeated since 2007, has a record of 21-1 with nine knockouts.
“I get the sense that he moves forward gradually and throws a lot of punches. He’ll be cautious of my left, so I’ll be relying more on my right in this fight.”