It was announced earlier today that their would be a Japanese title double header on July 28th at the Korakuen Hall.
The first of these bouts will see the recently crowned Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (8-0, 7) defending his belt for the first time. The hard hitting and genuinely exciting Okada will be fighting the #5 ranked Shamgar Koichi (18-5-1, 11) who has had some mixed results in recent contests.
With his #5 ranking Koichi is a solid challenger though we'd imagine Okada would have the skills and power to see him off inside the distance. For a first defence of the belt this very acceptable and it's hard to complain about the bout even though former champion Shinya Iwabuchi did stop Koichi inside a round.
The second bout will see the relatively long reigning Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (20-1, 7) make the 4th defence of his belt. Takayama is lined up to take on former rival Koshinmaru Saito (20-5-1, 11), the #2 ranked Japanese ranked Welterweight.
These two men met back in 2012 and battled over the then vacant title with Takayama taking a close and hard fought decision to claim the belt. Since their first bout both men have been unbeaten. For Takayama that's a 3 fight unbeaten run whilst for Saito it's 2 fights, including a win over Yuichi IDeta, the only man to have beaten Takayama.
With their first fight having been close it's hard to complain about Takayama/Saito II though we do favour the champion to defend his belt successfully.
(Image, of Okada, courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/)
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