Japanese 25 year old Hikaru Marugame (5-0, 3) has been tipped by a number of our sources as a fighter to keep a serious eye on. The Super Bantamweight hopeful was a former amateur standout and was ear marked as a prospect who could be fast tracked to title level. So far he's not had the quickest of rises, following a frustrating 2014 which saw him fighting just once, though he has been matched hard and does appear to be a man making waves.
This past Monday Marugame made a real statement as he took out Non Sithsaithong in double quick fashion, hardly breaking sweat on route to a 2nd round TKO win over his Thai foe.
Since then his team have been hard at work and have secured his next fight, a really tough looking contest in October with Japanese based Filipino veteran Jonathan Baat (29-6-3, 14), who is highly ranked by the JBC and would act as a huge test for the youngster.
The bout has been set for October 19th at the Korakuen Hall and will essentially be a Japanese title eliminator. Whilst it's a great test for Marugame it also needs to be said that a win for Baat would likely move him towards a title fight in 2016.
Prior to the bout Baat has a stay busy fight and will be in action on August 2nd against Ryosei Arai (12-4-1, 3). A loss their may see Baat's bout with Marugame cancelled though it's hard to see Baat losing to the relatively limited Arai.
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