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Japanese fighter set to sign on for Brayd Smith title bout

Brayd Smith gets the better of Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym during their Rumour International bout last October.
Brayd Smith gets the better of Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym during their Rumour International bout last October. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA'S Brayd Smith will put his undefeated record on the line when he steps up for an international title fight on March 8.

Negotiations are close to be finalised for Smith to meet Japan's Yuki Ishizumi for the vacant WBF Asia-Pacific Youth Title on Smithy Brings The Big Fights 3 card at Toowoomba's Rumours International.

The night features five professional bouts and strong amateur bill headed by Toowoomba's Australian champions Brent Rice and Steven Spark.

Promoter Brendon Smith said the professional line-up will feature Smith, Josh Webb, recent English arrival Darren Askew, undefeated Kris George and "Iron" Will Young.

"We have confirmation that Brayd's title fight has been sanctioned," Brendon said.

"We are just waiting to get the final go ahead from the Japanese boy's camp and the fight will be locked in.

"We've also got opponents lined up for Josh Webb and Darren Askew who will meet Brett John Smith in a tough first bout for him here in Toowoomba."

Brayd "The Great White" Smith is ready to roll the dice on his ring comeback from a broken hand suffered during his latest win over Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym in Toowoomba last October.

The "painful" six-round victory stretched Smith's unbeaten record to five.

Ishizumi - a southpaw - has won three of his last four fights including his latest 10-round victory in Thailand for the vacant TBC Super Featherweight title.

"I've just studied the tape of his last bout and I'm in for a big fight.

"But this is what I want - this is what I train for.

"I want to keep climbing in the world rankings and that means there'll be no easy opponents for me.

"This will be a big fight for me and a big fight for Toowoomba."

Tickets for the March 8 card go on sale on Friday at Smithy's Gym.
 

Topics:  boxing brayd smith rumours international



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