We have been informed that little known Japanese Super Featherweight Kazuki Hashimoto (11-4, 7) is set to hit the road for his next fight which is scheduled on August 1st.
From what we understand the in-form Japanese 26 year old, who has won his last 4 by stoppage, is set to take on former multi-weight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48) in what is a huge step up in class for the man from Kobe.
Hahsimoto, who is based with the Shinsei gym in Kobe, will be seeking revenge for stablemate Hozumi Hasegawa who was stopped by Gonzalez in 2011. It will, however, be a huge ask for the Japanese fighter who is clearly being brought over to Mexico to give Gonzalez an easy win following his confidence shattering loss to Gary Russell Jr back in March. That loss to Russell Jr saw the Mexican losing the WBC Featherweight title and the talk is now that he will be moving to Super Featherweight, where he may end up finishing his long, and very impressive, career.
Whilst a win isn't expected from Hashimoto we do wonder just how much Gonzalez has left in the tank. Watching his last fight it did seem like he's nearing the end of his fantastic career and maybe Hashimoto could have got him at just the right time to spring one of the biggest upsets of the year.
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