Yesterday saw an incredibly exciting announcement being made on the Dangan Boxing facebook page regarding Dangan 130 which is now confirmed to have two notable match ups on it.
One of the match match ups will see the always exciting OPBF Flyweight champion Koki Eto (16-3-1, 12) return to the ring for his first bout of the year as he defends his belt against Yuki Fukumoto (17-9, 5) whilst the other match up will see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (12-0, 5) move to Lightweight and put his unbeaten record on the line against the teak tough Nihito Arakawa (25-5-1, 16).
Eto, for those who aren't aware, is one of our favourite fighters due to his all action bouts which saw him fight in 3 consecutive FOTY contenders. The first of those was his break out victory over Kompayak Porpramook in Thailand in August 2013, a real war for the WBA interim Flyweight title that saw both men eating bombs. Just a few months after that bout Eto lost his title as he returned to Thailand and lost to Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep in another war. Last Year Eto again went to war as he claimed the OPBF title in a slug fest with Ardin Diale that saw the Japanese fighter mount one of the comebacks of the year, though was later rendered unconscious by over-enthusiastic celebration from his team.
As for Fukumoto he is a weak challenger for an OPBF title considering he has lost 3 of his last 5 and 5 of his last 10 though he is experienced and has shared the ring with the likes of Silvester Lopez and Yota Sato. We've not seen as much of Fukumoto as we have of Eto though though there is nothing on his record that should worry the champion though he does hold a win over former world title challenger Takashi Kunishige.
As for the other bout we'll be see Naito step up in weight after having made 3 defenses of the Japanese Super Featherweight title that he won in February 2014. The second generation fighter looked sensational when he won the title, stopping Hiroyasu Matsuzaki. Since then he has defended it against credible foes including Shingo Eto, Koki's younger brother, and Masayuki Ito. In the ring he's highly skilled and quick though there are questions about his toughness and his power which make become a problem at 135lbs against a teak tough fighter like Arakawa.
For Arakawa this will be his Watanabe gym debut after transferring gyms recently. For many he's best known for his 2013 war in the US with the power-punching Omar Figueroa though since then he looked less than great with 1 win from 3 subsequent bouts and it appears that he needs a win to remain relevant. Whilst he will be the naturally bigger fighter in the ring he is the less technically skilled and at 33 years old he is significantly older than Naito.
For fans interested in the show, it's set for June 8th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and we suspect highlights will be shown on one of the Fuji TV channels.
(Image courtesy of danganboxing)
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