Earlier today saw an announcement form Celes Gym regarding the first defence of OPBF Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (16-1, 10), pictured. Iwasa, who defeated Hiroki Shiino for the title in December, will be battling against #1 ranked OPBF challenger Richard Pumicpic (14-5-2, 4) of the Philippines.
Although Pumicpic doesn't have the greatest of records he has proven to be a very good fighter and is currently ona 6 fight unbeaten run. That run of 6 fights has included a draw with the highly regarded Yohei Tobe and notable victories over Ratchasak Kkg, Junior Bajawa and Richard Betos.
Whilst Pumicpic is unbeaten in 6, and is much better than his record indicates, he'll still find the challenge of fighting Iwasa, who is top 15-ranked by the WBC, IBF and WBO, to be an incredibly tough one, arguably the toughest of his career so far. Iwasa, whose sole defeat came to Shinsuke Yamanaka, is a man who seems set to become a world champion sooner rather than later and he'll view Pumicpic as just the next step to his world title fight.
The bout, set to take place on March 25th was announced alongside the debut of former amateur stand out Koki Koshikawa (0-0). The 23 year old Koshikawa will make his debut by facing off against Japanese based Ghanaian Quaye Peter (5-3-1, 3) in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds. The talented Koshikawa is tipped as one to watch and we'll be keeping a close eye on him.
A third bout on the same card will feature Shinya Nemoto (3-3-1, 1), though he has not yet had his opponent announced.
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