That was the third title bout confirmed for the show, following announcements of WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12) [田口良一] defending his titles against Hekkie Budler (31-3, 10) and that Masataka Taniguchi (10-2, 7) [谷口 将隆] would be battling against young Filipino puncher Pedro Taduran (12-1, 9) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Now we've learned that that show will be a show with a 4th title bout on it, as Japan's teak tough Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18) [荒川 仁人] defends his WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title for the second time.
At the moment Arakawa's opponent hasn't been announced, though it's likely to be a pretty decent opponent with Arakawa looking to cement his place as a leading contender for a WBO world title fight.
The "Baby Faced Sniper" has won his last 6 bouts, after a disappointing 2-5 stretch between November 2012 and June 2015. His current run might not be the best in terms of names but has seen him claim both the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific titles and get his career back on track, following notable losses to Omar Figueroa, Jorge Linares and Rikki Naito.
We're expecting to see Arakawa's opponent being named shortly.
Interestingly this bout is set to top the bill, though that's assumed to be to suit the television broadcast on TBS, rather than have this bout as the main event above the two world title fights.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)