The other title bout will see the really promising and fast rising Tsubasa Koura (10-0, 7) [小浦 翼] face off with Filipino foe Lito Dante (13-8-4, 7) for the OPBF Minimumweight title, which has been vacated by future world title challenger Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6) [京口 紘人].
For Koura the bout will be his first title bout, of any kind, as he looks to build on being the 2015 Minimumweight Rookie of the Year, and subsequent stoppage run which has included a 2nd round TKO over former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero. Although he's on a 4 fight stoppage run this is a step up in class in some ways with Dante being much better than his record suggests, and much tougher than fan may suspect. Given that Koura has fought just 31 rounds in his career, and just 10 rounds since the start of 2016, he'll likely be getting a genuine stamina test here.
Dante isn't the greatest fighter but he has never been stopped and has faced the likes of Siyabonga Siyo, Vic Saludar, Takumi Sakae, Jessie Espinas and Simphiwe Khonco. He is a handful at Oriental level and certainly won't be getting in the ring with Koura to fall over. In fact he'll travel seeing this bout as a chance to win the Oriental title and move towards a potential world title fight down the line.
The two bouts will be the headline bouts at Dangan 189 and will be shown on Boxingraise, giving subscribers another treat in what looks set to be a great month for Japanese fight fans.