Yesterday it was announced that 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-13-1, 10) would be back in the ring on April 3rd fighting in his home city of Osaka for the first time since his decision win over Sonny Boy Jaro almost 2 years ago. Hisataka, known as the "Sexy Soldier", will be fighting a yet to be named opponent in what is likely to be the headline bout of the show.
Hisataka is known for coming up short against the best. This has seen him losing world title bouts to 4 much more recognised fighters. The first of those world title defeats came in 2008 to Takefumi Sakata in a bout for the WBA Flyweight title, the following year he came up narrowly short in Thailand battling Denkaosan Kaovichit, again for the WBA Flyweight title. His third world title defeat came to Hugo Fidel Cazares in 2010 for the WBA Super Flyweight whilst in 2013 he suffered a TKO loss to the brilliant Omar Andres Narvaez in a bout for the WBO Super Flyweight title, suffering just his second stoppage defeat.
Although best known for his losses Hisataka has scored some notable wins including the aforementioned victory over Jaro, a surprise decision win over Hussein Hussein and a TKO win over Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym, which was scored in Thailand.
Sadly for Hisataka he is in a horrible run of form having lost his last 3. They include the loss to Narvaez, as well as a decision loss to Ryo Matsumoto last year, in what was the toughest fight of Matsumoto's career so far, and a really exciting decision loss to Takutya Kogawa, also last year, in what was one of the Japanese domestic FOTY contenders. It's fair to say that if that losing streak continues on April 3rd Hisataka may well think about calling time on his career.
Incidentally this bout is arranged to take place just a day after the fighter turns 30 years old.
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