Earlier today it was announced that OPBF Super Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwatana (8-0, 4) would be returning to the ring on January 17th to defend his belt in Japan. Whilst that alone is news worth reporting it's worth noting that his opponent has been announced as former Japanese champion Daiki Kaneko (21-3-3, 14), a man we have tipped as potential world champion. In our eyes this is as good an OPBF title fight as can be made right now.
For Jomthong this will be his 4th defense of the title he won back in May 2012, when he traveled to South Korea to defeat Dong-Hyuk Kim via 9th round TKO in a very well fought bout. Sadly the Thai hasn't been that active in a boxing ring since winning the title however he has maintained a successful career in Muay Thai. This inactivity saw Jomthong spend almost 17 months out of the ring between his last two fights but was in action, in Japan, in August when he over-came Japanese challenger Koseki Nakama with a 12 round decision.
Although not one of the most famous Super Featherweights in Japan we have been very impressive by Kaneko who looks to be a very strong fighter with skills, lovely punch variety and a genuine toughness to him. His reign as the Japanese national champion saw him making 4 defenses of the title in just 15 months with all 4 of them ending with a stoppage. Sadly for Kaneko he is best known for a loss, a decision loss to the extremely heavy handed Takashi Uchiyama at the end of last year in a WBA world title bout, despite that loss Kaneko impressed and even dropped Uchiyama.
Whilst this bout is almost a dream fight at the weight we've also been informed that the under-card will feature at least 1 other notable bout as former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (12-4, 12) will be also be in action. The stop-or-be-stopped Ebisu has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts, including a Japanese title fight to Daisuke Nakagawa,
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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