Notes: Uchiyama to face Corrales instead of Fortuna

Takashi Uchiyama will face interim titleholder Jezreel Corrales on April 27 in Tokyo. AP Photo/Toru Takahashi

A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs) will make the 12th defense of his junior lightweight world title on April 27 in Tokyo. He will face interim titleholder Jezreel Corrales (19-1, 7 KOs), of Panama. Initially, Uchiyama was ordered to face secondary titleholder Javier Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) as the WBA aims to reduce the number of titleholders it has in each division, but when finalizing the fight with Fortuna became a problem, the WBA agreed to allow him to face the interim titleholder first, which will still get rid of one of the three world title belts it sanctions at 130 pounds. Also announced were two other world title fights in which Japanese titleholders will make defenses against opponents to be determined: junior bantamweight Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs) and junior flyweight Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs).

  • Welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs), 21, will headline a BET-televised card on May 13 at the DC Armory in his hometown of Washington, D.C. His opponent has not been determined but the bout will be on a “throne boxing” card. Last year, Roc Nation Sports purchased time on BET for a series of shows. This will be the company’s second card on BET as part of that series.

  • British heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (18-0, 10 KOs), the 21-year-old first cousin of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will face 40-year-old former conteder Dominick Guinn (35-10-1, 24 KOs), of Hot Springs, Arkansas, in a 12-round bout on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London on the undercard of Nick Blackwell’s British middleweight title defense against Chris Eubank Jr., promoter Mick Hennessy announced on Monday. Fury was due to face Nagy Aguilera (20-9, 14 KOs), but Aguilera withdrew due to an undisclosed injury.