Instead that honour befalls a Japanese Light Welterweight interim title fight between former title contender Masayoshi Kotake (9-9-2, 5) and the once beaten Masanobu Nakazawa (17-1-1, 7).
The fight has come about after a recent injury to incumbent champion Hiroki Okada, who was supposed to face Kotake prior to the injury. It seems now that the JBC have allowed for Kotake and Nakazawa to fight for an interim title with the winner set to fight Okada, probably next year or at the very end of this year, for the unified title.
On paper the bout looks like a mismatch with Nakazawa having the much, much better record. the 32 year old Teiken fighter has however fought generally limited foes with his most notable opponent being Shuhei Tsuchiya, who stopped in in 2 rounds back in 2010. He has, notably, won 14 in a row but has yet to beat an opponent with any real value. Kotake may have a scratchy record but he has competed at a much higher level than Nakazawa and picked up losses to the likes of Iwabuchi, Okada and Koichi Aso as well as draws to Jimrez Jaca and Akihiro Kondo, all of whom would be heavily favoured over Nakazawa.
For fans at the Korakuen Hall on September 5th this really could be a very intriguing contest between two men looking for their most significant win to date.
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