Former WBO World Flyweight Champion Sho Kimura (18-2-2, 11KO) of Japan will make a move down to the Light Flyweight division to take a crack at the WBA (Regular) belt currently held by Carlos Canizales (21-0-1, 17KO) of Venezuela.
In September of 2018, Kimura was making the third defense of his Flyweight title, but was defeated by majority decision to his fellow Japanese countryman Kosei Tanaka, in what was a Fight of the Year candidate. Kimura has since bounced back with a knockout win over Thai fighter Wicha Philaikhao in the third round.
Canizales comes in facing what will be his toughest competition to date by far, the next best opponent on his resume being Japanese Flyweight Ryoichi Taguchi, whom he fought to a draw against in 2016. Sunday will be Canizales’ first time back in action since July of last year when he won his second title defense by 12th round TKO over Lu Bin of China who was making only his second appearance ever in the ring and hasn’t fought since.
Canizales vs Kimura will take place as the main undercard of the WBA World Featherweight title bout Sunday in Fuzhou, China.