The ranked Japanese Welterweight, will be piling on 7lbs as he fights outside of his homeland for the first time. In the opposite corner will be will be Indonesian journeyman Elly Pangaribuan (4-5-2, 1), who fights in Thailand for the first time though has fought previously in Japan, the Philippines, Australia and his homeland. Notably his most famous bout was actually in Japan when he was stopped by the popular Nobuhiro Ishida, in a bout that can be seen below.
With both fighters now in their mid 30's this is likely to be the final opportunity for the loser whilst the winner could well find themselves becoming an attractive opponent for a young fighter on the way up. It;s fair to say however that the winner wouldn't be fancied against any top 100 fighting in the 154lb division
Details regarding whether the bout will be televised haven't been made clear, neither have the other bouts on the card, though it's a great opportunity for the winner to claim a possible top 40 ranking with the WBC.
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