The teak tough Japanese fighter, best known for his amazing contest with Omar Figueroa, will be up against 24 year old Filipino Rimar Metuda (12-3, 7).
The the age of 36 Arakawa is likely enjoying one of the final years of his career, and he has called for a bout with Raymundo Beltran for the WBO Light Weight titlelater in the year. Given that Beltran was pretty banged up in his title win that bout does look like may not materialise, but Arakawa will know that his WBO regional title will be one of the keys to getting a shot at the champion.
Coming in to this bout Arakawa has won his last 6, winning the Japanese Lightweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific belt during that run and scoring wins over the likes of Kota Tokunaga, Yusuke Tsukada and Adones Aguelo
It's fair to say the challenger is much less well known than Arakawa, however the Filipino is a very decent fighter on the Filipino domestic scene, having beaten both Jerry Castroverde and Jason Tinampay. Sadly in recent times Metuda has struggled, losing 3 of his last 5, with two of those losses coming in bouts outside of the Philippines. Despite his faltering form he will surely see this as a huge chance to put himself into the WBO world rankings and put himself on the proverbial map.
This bout completes the quadruple header which includes two other Japan Vs Philippines bouts, one for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, as Masataka Taniguchi (10-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] battles Pedro Taduran (12-1, 9) and one for the IBF Minimumweight title, as defending champion champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7) [京口 紘人] faces Vince Paras (13-0, 11). The only one of the title bouts not to feature a Filipino will be the highly anticipated WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine Light Flyweight title bout, with champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12) [田口良一] defending his titles against South African Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10).