Earlier today the officials for tomorrow's WBA world title fight in Osaka were confirmed, and they included a name for Japanese boxing, Nobuto Ikehara [池原信遂].
The 43 year old Mr Ikehara will be one of the judges for tomorrow's bout between Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] battle against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也], and it will be the first time Ikehara has judged a world title fight. It's not, however, the first time he has been involved in one, in fact the bout comes more than 11 years after he fought in one.
As a fighter Mr Ikehara went 29-4 (19),won the Japanese Bantamweight title in 2006 and challenged Volodymyr Sydorenko for the WBA Bantamweight title in 2008, incidentally that bout actually took place at the same venue as tomorrow's bout, the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, which is now known as the EDION Arena Osaka due to a sponsorship and naming agreement. He has been an official since around 2013 but tomorrow's world title fight will be his biggest assignment, by far.
Ikehara will be joined at ring as a judge by Filipino Silvestre Abainza and American Sergio Caiz with the referee to be the experienced Kazunobu Asao.
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