Now it's been announced that Raquinel will return to Japan for his first defense, as he takes on 22 year old challenger Shun Kosaka (15-3, 4) [小坂駿] at the Big Wave in Wakayama on May 27th.
The champion is only 21 but looks like one of the Flyweights division's best young talents. He's been a professional for just over 4 years and already scored notable wins over Jimboy Haya, Richard Rosales and the aforementioned Nakayama. He has shown all the tools to go a long way, well beyond OPBF level, but still needs time to hone those skills, round off some rough edges and mature physically.
The challenger, from the Shinsei Gym, has been a professional since December 2012 and was runner up in the 2014 Rookie of the Year,where he lost a decision to Kenya Yamashita. The loss to Yamashita would be Kosaka's first defeat and has since been followed by losses to Tetsuya Hisada, the current Japanese Light Flyweight champion, and the under-rated Akinori Hoshino. In regards to his best win that came over Yota Hori, who he beat last November with an 8th round technical decision. It is notable that this will be his first career title fight.
At the moment the details for the rest of the card don't look too enticing, but this is a great main event and the card will also feature former 3-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積] as a special guest.