Sakata set for fifth title defense

Kyodo News

WBA flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata will take on second-ranked Thai boxer Denkaosan Chingwangcha in Hiroshima on Dec. 31 in the fifth defense of his title, Sakata’s Kyoei Gym said Monday.

The scheduled fight at Hiroshima Sunplaza will be the first world title match staged in Japan on New Year’s Eve and a rematch of their bout in Saitama on Nov. 4, 2007, when Denkaosan fought as Denkaosan Kaowichit and Sakata retained his belt with a draw.