The champion won the title last year, when he over-came Ryota Ishida to become the inaugural champion. Since then he has defended the belt against Yuki Iriguchi and Daiki Maniwa. He looked destructive early in his career but the wins over Ishida and Iriguchi were both split decisions and he certainly hasn't looked explosive as he did earlier in his career, but is still a heavy handed youngster and not many will slug it out with the 22 year old.
Ito on the other hand debuted in 2015 and has struggled to score a win of any note, drawing in his third professional bout and having a 3 fight losing run in 2016/2017. That losing run ended last year and he's now riding a 3 fight winning run, but this is a big step up in class for Ito and hee will clearly be the under-dog for this contest, though an under-dog who will know that a win would help give his career a shot in the arm.
It's worth noting that this card will also feature the debut of Konshin Takeshima (0-0) [竹嶋宏心], who will take on an Indonesian foe. The novice is expected to carve out an excellent career in the years to come and is worth following as he kicks off a very promising professional career.