For a while we had known that Yohei Tobe (7-1-1, 4) would be fighting for the vacant Japanese Super Flyweight title, recently vacated by Teiru Kinoshita. What we didn't know was who he'd be fighting for that title on April 14th.
Tobe's opponent was named earlier today as Taiki Eto (12-2, 9), the twin brother of former WBA Super Flyweight interim title holder Koki Eto, in what appears to be a fantastic match up.
Tobe, whose sole loss came to Ryo Akaho, once looked like a nailed on future world champion. Unfortunately his career hit the rocks in 2012 with the loss to Akaho and then a draw with Richard Pumicpic in early 2013. Since then however he has scored 3 wins and got himself a mandatory title fight.
For the 25 year old Taiki things have been equally as interesting. He, like Tobe, was tipped for big success before suffering a stoppage loss, in his case to Takeo Kuranaga. Since then Taiki has rebuild his career with notable wins over Konosuke Tomiyama, Isack Junior and Ali Rochmad. Unfortunately Taiki, like Tobe, suffered a loss in an OPBF title fight, suffering a close decision loss to Artur Villanueva in a real barn burner.
With this match we expect something very special. Both guys have limited defense, plenty of power, an open style and the the knowledge that this bout is one they must win.
Another thing we hadn't known was that the card would have a second title fight added to the card. The bout we've had added sees former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara (10-1, 9), pictured, fighting against unbeaten Filipino prospect Adones Cabalquinto (15-0, 8) for the vacant OPBF Light Welterweight title.
Obara, who is now on a 10 fight winning streak after losing on debut, defended the Japanese national title twice before vacating it to move up to the OPBF level. In Cabalquinto he'll be meeting a very good fighter who is the current GAB champion and holds notable wins over Dan Nazareno Jr and Romeo Jakosalem.
The belt, which was recently vacated by Korean Min-Wook Kim, will see a new champion crowned for the first time since May 2012.
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