Jezreel Corrales, Takashi Uchiyama to ring in New Year with rematch

In a stunning upset, junior lightweight Takashi Uchiyama lost his world title to Jezreel Corrales in April, but he will get a chance to regain the 130-pound belt.

Uchiyama announced at a news conference this week in Tokyo that he and Corrales will meet again on a Watanabe Promotions card in the works for Dec. 31 at a site to be determined in Uchiyama's home country of Japan.

The terms have been agreed to but the contract is not yet signed. New Year's Eve is a traditional date for world title cards in Japan every year.

The 36-year-old Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs) made 11 successful title defenses after winning the belt in 2010 but then ran into Corrales (20-1, 8 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw from Panama, on April 27 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. Uchiyama was a big favorite, but Corrales scored three knockdowns in the second round and knocked him out in that round to win the title and hand him his first career defeat.

After the victory, Corrales was ordered to meet mandatory challenger and secondary titlist Jason Sosa, but with both having other, more lucrative opportunities, the WBA gave them special permits so each could take an optional defense first.

Corrales will face Uchiyama again and Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey, is scheduled to face Stephen Smith (24-2, 14 KOs), of England, on Nov. 12 in Monte Carlo.

Uchiyama is happy to get a second chance against Corrales.

"I am eager to regain my belt since I was careless in the first encounter," said Uchiyama, who would become the oldest Japanese fighter to win a world title if he regains the belt.