The first of those bouts will take place on April 1st in Osaka and will see Masahiro Sakamoto (11-1, 7) [坂本 真宏] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title gainst Thai veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (60-9-2, 24), a former 2-time world title challenger. The Thai veteran will 36 entering this bout and is likely to know that a loss will be the end of any dreams to win a world title. For Sakamoto the bout is expected to open the door to a rematch with WBO Flyweight world champion Sho Kimura, the only man to have beaten him.
The other will take place on April 4th in Tokyo, and will see OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John Yap (28-12, 14) defending his title against Takafumi Nakajima (26-9-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in a previously reported bout that wasn'tactually announced until yesterday. The hope for Yap is to move towards a world title fight in the near future whilst Nakajima will know that he needs a win to remain relevant at title level.
The first of the shows is expected to be on the Boxingraise website whilst the second will likely be put online via the Asign Boxing youtube account in days after the fight, for fans wanting to watch.
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