It was announced earlier today that the Korakuen Hall would host a double Japanese title show on June 9th with both fights looking like very, very interesting first defences.
At Minimumweight the light punching though very skilled Go Odaira (9-3-3, 1) will take on the very credible challenge of Yuma Iwahashi (11-6-1, 1) who is just as light punching.
For Odaira this will be the first defence of the title he won back in January when he completely bamboozled Masashi Tada. He will be attempting to continue his impressive unbeaten run that dates back 8 fights to a 2010 loss to Ryuji Hara.
As for Iwashi, who does have a misleading record, this will be his 3rd title fight in little more than a year. Unfortunately he has lost the other two to Ryuji Hara, Japanese title, and Wanheng Menayothin, WBC International title. He gave Hara a lot of trouble and will be hoping to do the same here with Tada in what looks like an excellent match up.
The other title bout will see unbeaten Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (9-0, 5) defending his title against the highly experienced Kyohei Tamakoshi (32-8-6, 12).
For Naito this will be the first defence of title he won when he stopped Hiroyasu Matsuzaki in 8 rounds back in February. The victory over Matsuzaki was really the coming out party for Naito though he'll need to make sure he's re-focussed on the task at hand here.
In Tamakoshi we have a genuine veteran with a 46 fight career dating back to 1999, when Naito was just a 7 year old. Tamakoshi has come up short in previous Japanese title fights losing to the likes of Daiki Kaneko and Masaaki Serie though he does hold a very notable win, in Mexico, over recent world title challenger Dante Jardon.
For Naito we're expecting a very, very tough bout and one that he may well end up coming undone in if he's not as good as touted. For the 33 year old Tamakoshi this will likely be his final opportunity to win a Japanese belt.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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