The main event of the card will see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (15-4, 12) [矢田良太] made his first defense of the title that he won a few weeks ago aat the Champion Carnival. The hard hitting champion will take on Kazuyasu Okamoto (14-5, 4) [岡本和泰] in what looks like a relatively straight forward first defense for the champion. The champion looked fantastic in his title win and really put himself on the map and will be looking to enhance his reputation here. As for the challenger, who has fought much of his career at Light Welterweight, this is his first major about at 147lbs.
The title bout was just one of two great fights announced for the card. The other was a Super Bantamweight bout between Yada's stablemate Kazuki Tanaka (9-1, 6) [田中 一樹] and the hard hitting Keita Kurihara (11-5, 10) [栗原 慶太], in what could be one of the Japanese fights of the year. Tanaka, a former amateur standout, comes into this fight on the back of big wins over Hikaru Marugame and Seizo Kono but will surely be well aware of Kurihara's much vaunted power. As for Kurihara he has scored back to back stoppages over Ryan Lumacad and Tetsuya Watanabe, and has bounced back excellently since his June 2017 loss to Hiroaki Teshigawara, in what was a sensational bout.
For those interested in attending the show, it will take place on August 11th at the Hirakata City Gym in Osaka.
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