Following Ben Mahoney’s decision to pull out of his bout with Gunnedah’s Wade Ryan (the Boogeyman), No Limit Boxing announced on Sunday that Japan’s Nath Nwachukwu will be the replacement for the fight on November 17.

Holding a record of seven wins, one loss and two no-decisions, Nwachukwu will be one of the toughest fights of the Boogeyman’s illustrious career. His only loss came at the hands of Tim Tszyu’s upcoming opponent, Takeshi Inoue. The fight took place last year in Japan, as Inoue walked away with the decision victory.

But Nwachukwu proved to be a difficult task, even earning a ranking of 71st in the world on the BoxRec rankings in the super-welterweight standings, four places behind the Boogeyman.

Ryan recently moved into the top-50 of the International Boxing Organisation’s (IBO) rankings, meaning he is one step closer to reaching his life-long goal of fighting for a world championship, as reports indicate he could be one win away from a title shot.

Ryan currently holds the IBO international belt which he will defend against the Japanese international who was recently granted a visa for their bout.

IBO super-welterweight title holder, Erislandy Lara, is still in possession of the major belt, however, after beating American Thomas LaManna in May, he claimed the WBA middleweight title, moving up a weight class.

The title could be vacated in the coming months, opening the window for Ryan to step in if the IBO decides to grant the Gunnedah boxer a title fight.

All eyes will be on November 17, to find out whether Ryan can continue his stellar run of form, making a return to the co-main event slot.

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