Last month we reported that Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be returning to the ring on October 2nd to face OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], with Shimizu looking to set a Japanese record for winning an OPBF title in fewer fights than any other Japanese fighter. Today we learned a number of details about the supporting bouts that card, and got the chance to piece together some of the card.
The chief support bout was announced today and will see former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] battle against the in-form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也], who comes into the on a 6 fight winning run including notable wins over Hikaru Marugame, Shingo Kusano, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Joe Noynay. The bout pits two Japanese top 10 ranked Featherweights against each other in a really mouth watering match up between battled hardened veteran and rising youngster with both men looking to prove a point, and both will be looking to make a statement en route to getting a big fight in the near future.
Also announced for the card was WBO #1 ranked Light Flyweight Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who's opponent hasn't been named, though it has been made clear that he is looking to get a second world title fight in the near futuire, and this could well be seen as his world title prelude.
Although not officially announed it's also strongly hinted that both Kazuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋一輝] and Katsuya Yasuda (0-0) [保田克也] will be in action on the show, likely in 6 rounders, if they both get through their August 30th bouts without any damage.
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