Hard hitting Japanese Welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20) is set to make the first defence of his OPBF Welterweight title on April 5th as he takes on Korean champion Jung-Hoon Yang (8-5, 2) in what appears to be a mismatch in favour of the champion.
For those who haven't seen Kamegai he's the sort of fighter that appeals to an audience and he has actually fought thrice on US TV. His first US bout, and by far his most impressive, saw him defeating Hector Munoz on the under-card of Toshiaki Nishioka's title defense against Rafael Marquez back in 2011. In 2012 Kamegai fought in a hugely entertaining draw with Jorge Silva before being out pointed by Johan Perez in 2013.
Although the Japanese fighter has fought just once since the disappointing defeat to Perez he did look impressive as he dismantled Australian Tim Hunt to claim the OPBF belt.
Whilst Kamegai is known, at least partially, around the world his opponent, Yang, is a bit more obscure.
Yang is currently the #5 ranked OPBF challenger and the Korean champion. Unfortunately his ranking does seem inflated and his talent isn't that of a top Asian Welterweight. However the reason for his high ranking is that he recently scored a notable victory over Shamgar Koichi who is currently the #13 ranked fighter by the OPBF.
What we know about Yang is that he can be frustrating, as seen in his loss to Dan Nazareno Jr where he effectively refused to fight, and he can be stopped, as he was Akinori Watanabe. At his best though he can score a decent win as he did against Koichi in what is easily his best win.
With Kamegai's thunderous power it's hard to see the Korean going the distance though this could be entertaining as long as it lasts.
(Photo courtesy of Teiken)
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