Nashiro to make one last push to regain WBA title


Former WBA super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro will challenge current champion Tepparith Kokietgym of Thailand in a world title bout on Sept. 1 in Osaka, his Muto Boxing Gym announced on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Nashiro, currently ranked 14th, sees the fight against Tepparith that will be held at Sumiyoshi Sports Center as his last chance to regain the world title.

“This is my last shot to challenge for the title. If I lose, it’ll be my retirement fight,” said Nashiro, who will take his second crack at the WBA crown he lost to Hugo Cazares of Mexico in May 2010.

The 23-year-old Tepparith, who goes by the alias “Astro Boy,” beat Daiki Kameda last December and successfully defended his title for the second time against Tomonobu Shimizu in April this year.

Nashiro failed in his first attempt to regain the title in a unanimous decision defeat to Tomas Rojas of Mexico in February 2011.