Last year we saw Heavy handed Japanese Keita Obara (16-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] come up short in a world title bout at 140lbs against Russian banger Eduard Troyanovsky, since then he has fought just once, beating Indonesian Larry Siwu in a bout at Welterweight.
Today saw the announcement of his second bout since that loss, a bout that will see him fight for his first Welterweight title, and see him try to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welteweight title. The opponent for the bout will be hard hitting Thai foe Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-2, 21), aka Narong Boonchan, who has won his last 3 and was once dubbed "Da Bomb". With the bout set to take place on August 10th at the Korakuen Hall as part of a Diamond Glove card, meaning Fuji TV will be involved in the card,
On paper Obara Vs Saddam looks a really good one. Both guys are flawed, but both can seriously bang and neither will be there to make up the numbers, though wecan't help but favour the more tested Obara against the older Thai.
The bout has been added to a card which already included a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout between defending champion Takeshi Inoue (10-0-1, 5) [井上 岳志] and #1 ranked domestic challenger Riku Nagahama (7-0-1, 3) [長濱 陸] and the next bout in the promising career of Shuichiro Yoshino (4-0, 2) [吉野 修一郎], who will likely be looking for a title fight himself by the end of 2017.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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