Takashi Miura is one of only a handful of fighters over the past few years whose stock doesn’t go down with a loss. That’s because Miura brings to the ring an unwavering determination to catch his opponent with the hardest power shots possible. In the process he’s gained a swath of fans, both foreign and domestic, who know full well what they’re getting when they tune in or attend one his fights. The Japanese boxer gained wide spread respect and exposure from the American and Mexican audiences when last held the super featherweight crown in 2015 and fought on the undercard of the Canelo-Cotto PPV fight on HBO PPV. He would lose the fight and the title to Fernando Vargas but gained so much more with his gutsy performance. That fight generated the fireworks expected by the Teiken and Golden Boy promoters who put it together and they were rewarded with Fight of the Year honors.
At (31-4-2 24 KOs) Miura has been in more hard fought wars than most and the scars of his past are catching up to him. Having just come off a nearly one sided loss to WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, who unexpectedly boxed and boxed well, Miura has to consider what he has left in the tank and decide if he has enough for one more.
The immediate reaction of columnists at The Forum last week following Miura’s loss was unanimous. Everyone said they’d like to see him and fellow aging warrior Orlando Salido square up later this year. That fight would undoubtedly provide the action that was missing from the Berchelt matchup. The two had actually been signed to face each other last year before Salido withdrew with an injury. Miura would go on to be in another fight of the year candidate against Miguel Roman in which he had to dig deep to get the KO. Beyond Salido, the options are few and far in between for the now 33 year old.
If Teiken wishes, they could throw him to the wolves against the WBO super featherweight champ Vasyl Lomachenko. In that instance Miura would get one last shot at a title and be exposed to a wide audience on ESPN as Lomachenko’s promoter, Top Rank, now has a television deal with the sports conglomerate.
Of course all of this could be moot as Miura could very well call it a day and hang ’em up for good. Nobody would blame the former champion if he retired but the wide consensus is that everyone would prefer to see him in one last classic Miura scrap. Miura hasn’t yet said what he’ll do but in time we’ll find out as the winter schedule will begin being put together and announced over the next two months.
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