The Misako Boxing Gym in Tokyo officially announced that Japanese WBC number 10, ranked world minimumweight and two-time world title challenger Norihito Tanaka (20-9/10KO`) will challenge for the World Boxing Council straw title, the on June 28 in Rayong Thailand, against the champion Panya Pradabsri (39-1/23KOs).
Pradabsri will make the fourth defense of his title, which he won in 2020 by defeating his compatriot Wanhen Menayothin by decision and which his last starting defense was in August 2022 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, where he won by unanimous decision (119-110, 118-110, 116-112) against the same Japanese Norihito Tanaka, who failed in his second chance for a world title.
The winner of this fight Norihito Tanaka vs. Panya Pradabsri for the minimum WBC title, must defend the title against the interim world champion, the Japanese Yudai Shigeoka.
Tanaka is very excited to go for revenge against world champion Panya Pradabsri in a direct rematch.
If Tanaka, 38 years, 4 months old, beats Pradabsri, he would go down in Japanese boxing history as the oldest boxer to win the WBC straw world title.