Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got the chance to see the exciting Hiroaki Teshigawara (14-2-2, 8) [勅使河原 弘晶] announce his next bout, and potentially his most signficant to date.
The match up will see the exciting Japanese slugger take on former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (29-4-6, 9), challenging the Filipino for his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. The contest will be Teshigawara's first title bout and will see Pabustan make his first defense of the title that he won earlier this year, when he beat Tatsuya Takahashi [高橋 竜也] with a 7th round technical decision.
For those who haven't seen Teshigawara he's one of the many exciting Japanese warriors who is bubbling on the fringes of the Oriental scene. His 2016 bout with Ryo Akaho was a Japanese fight of the year contender whilst his war with Keita Kurihara in June was another thriller. Pabustan on the other hand is best known for coming up short in a WBO world title bout against Pungluang Sor Singyu. Amazingly the Filipino has been in 13 technical decisions and is a sloppy, wild fighter who has an alarming number of bouts ending from headclashes, something that is quite likely to happen again here, given how Teshigawara is such an aggressive fighter himself.
The bout will take place at the Korakuen Hall on October 12th as part of a Diamond Glove card, meaning it will be filmed for Fuji TV and could potentially come as a doubler header with another title bout.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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