Tuesday , May 22, 2018

Canoy faces Japanese for WBO Asia Pacific title

TOUGH veteran Jason Canoy gets a chance at breaking into the world rankings as he takes on World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara on Feb. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.

“If he wins, he will be the new WBO Asia-Pacific champion. So this will be a big boost for his career. The next step will be to defend the title and hopefully get a world title shot,” said Omega Pro Sports International (OPSI) vice-president Jerome Calatrava.

Canoy, who’s arguably the toughest in a talented roster of boxers at the Omega Gym, hasn’t had much success in big fights, specifically in international bouts. He has lost all five of his bouts internationally, with his latest, a split decision defeat to WBO No. 8 rated Mzvukile Magwaca in South Africa last March.

The 27-year-old Canoy, however, has put in some work in his craft, gaining experience, as a constant sparring partner of Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue last year. (EKA)