Today it was announced that Obara would be defending his title on April 13th and would also, surprisingly, be in the main event of the card.
Obara, last seen in the ring when he stopped Rodel Wenceslao in 4 rounds last December. was expected to be fighting at Welterweight. Instead however he will drop back to Light Welterweight and take on #8 ranked OPBF challenger Yuya Okazaki (11-7-1, 4). On paper the bout is a mismatch though Obara is thought to be battling to make 140lbs making the bout a possible banana skin for the world ranked fighter.
For Okazaki this is his first title bout whilst Obara will be seeking his second defense of the belt following a very eye catching 12th round KO win over Shinya Iwabuchi last August.
With this bout now confirmed for the show we now have two titles bout with the other being a brilliant Japanese Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Kentaro Masuda (21-6, 11) and unbeaten challenger Shohei Omori (13-0, 8). We suspect this will be the better of the title bouts, but the OPBF bout is certainly a nice bonus for fans who attend the show.
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