The bout will be Fukuhara's third defense of the title and follows his technical draw with Shin Ono back in September. The champion won the title last November, when he took a narrow win over Hiroya Yamamoto, and defeated Takumi Sakae in his first defense, before the bout with Ono. He will be bringing a 7 fight unbeaten run into this bout, including those title bouts as well a notable draw with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
For Hanai the bout will be his first title bout, and follows his blow out of Poomsak, which was only his second bout of the year after a decision win over Il Che back in March. The youngster is stepping back up in class for the bout, but is moving down in weight.
The bout, which was officially announced earlier today, will take place at the Foodpal Kumamoto, giving the champion a significant home advantage.
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