Kaneko, a former Japanese Super Featherweight champion, thoroughly impressed us in his failed attempt to annex the WBA world title from Takashi Uchiyama. Although Kaneko lost, narrowly, to Uchiyama it was obvious that the 25 year old Kaneko has the talent, toughness, strength and skills to one day become a world champion. It may not happen for a year or two but we're very confident he'll pick up a world title at 130lbs before his career is over.
The announcement of Kaneko's return didn't just announce a date but also an opponent and venue. The opponent was named as former OPBF Featherweight title challenger Shogo Ishikawa (10-6, 3). Ishikawa, who has lost 4 of his last 5 and 6 of his last 8, is a less than inspiring opponent choice but it seems clear that the contest is all about being Kaneko's return to the ring as opposed to anything else.
As for the venue, the bout will be taking place at the City Sogo Gym, Toyohashi, Aichi. Surprisingly this will by Kaneko's first fight in Aichi, the prefecture of his birth, and just his second ever pro bout outside of Tokyo