Koki Kameda continues to make big moves on behalf of his fighters.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Kameda Promotions has won the purse bid for the rescheduled Panya Pradabsri-Yudai Shigeoka WBC strawweight title consolidation bout. A winning bid of $213,000 outpaced Petchyindee Boxing Promotions, Pradabsri’s promoter who submitted $170,000 in an effort to bring the fight to the defending champion’s native Thailand.
Neither a date nor location were confirmed by the WBC as this goes to publication, though Boxing Scene has learned that it will likely take place October 7 at EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan. Kameda Promotions has already reserved the date for the rescheduled IBF strawweight title consolidation rematch between full titleholder Daniel Valladares and interim claimant Ginjiro Shigeoka, Yudai’s younger brother.
Pradabsri was prepared to fight on the road for just the fourth time in his career before he fell ill ahead of the previously scheduled April 16 title defense in Shigeoka’s Tokyo hometown.
Shigeoka (7-0, 5KOs) was granted permission to instead challenge for the interim WBC strawweight title, which he claimed in a seventh-round knockout of former WBO straight titlist Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Mendez.
Pradabsri (39-1, 22KOs) won the WBC strawweight title in a November 2020 points win over long-reigning titlist Wanheng ‘TBE’ Menayothin. The 32-year-old from Bangkok outpointed his countryman in a rematch last March 29 and has since earned a pair of wins over Japan’s Norihito Tanaka. Pradabsri outpointed Tanaka over twelve rounds last August 31 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and won via eighth-round knockout in a June 28 rematch which served no other purpose than to shake loose some ring rust.
The last fight on the road for Pradabsri resulted in his lone career defeat, an October 2017 majority decision to former WBC titlist Chaozhong Xiong in Datong, China.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox