Last month we reported that a November 10th date had been set a side for Japanese Light Middleweight champion Takeshi Inoue (11-0-1, 6) [井上 岳志] to challenge his OPBF counter-part Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7).
Yesterday it was revealed that that bout had become even more significant to the two fighters with the OPBF title not being the only one up for grabs for the winner, who will also bcome the WBO Asia Pacific champion at 154lbs.
For the Thai, who has been on a bit of a roll against Japanese fighters with recent wins over Cobra Suwa, Yutaka Oishi and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine, the contest is a huge chance to climb into the WBO rankings, adding to his current IBF top 15 place, where he is current 13.
For Inoue the bout is a chance to become a triple crown winner, becoming one of very few Japanese fighters to achieve the feat. A win would also boost him into the top 15 with the WBO and boost his #15 IBF ranking, potentially opening up a world title fight for him down the line.
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