Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (29-2-3, 13) [大竹 秀典] retain his title, as he stopped fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-6, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] in the 11th round of a thrilling contest.
It wasn't just fans in attendance but also young prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太] who joined Otake in the ring, officially confirming that the two men would be facing off on October 13th at the Korakuen, in what will be Otake's second second defense, and Maruta's first 12 rounder.
Two men showed real respect but it was obvious that neither is worried about the other, and have rel self belief that they would come out on top.
Otake, a veteran who is best known for losing to Scott Quigg in a WBA Super Bantamweight title bout, seems to view his bout with Maruta as a chance of moving towards a second world title bout. For Maruta on the other hand the bout is a huge chance to prove that he really is one of the sports top prospects in the world, and is a man heading towards a world title sooner, rather than later.
At the moment details of the under-card for this bout are unknown, but given how enticing this main event is, it's fair to say that card will certainly have our interest, even if the rest of the card is poor.
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