Over the last few months we have been awaiting an official announcement in regards to the IBF Light Welterweight mandatory world title title bout between unbeaten Russian champion Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21). and mandatory challenger Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太], from Japan.
Although no "official" announcement has been made by either teams promoter the bout has been announced by Troyanovsky who recently took to social media to report that the bout had been arranged for September 9th and would be taking place in Moscow, with the fighting asking for the support of his followers when he gets into the ring against the dangerous Japanese puncher.
For the 36 year old Troyanovsky this will be the second defence of his IBF title, with the first coming against Cesar Rene Cuenca back in April. Although not the most skilled the champion is a serious threat with his power and he has won last 14 by stoppage, dating back more than 4 years. That power will make him a constant threat against fighters in the division and there is no doubting that he is a tremendous puncher with 88% KO rating.
Of course Tryoanovsky isn't the only puncher coming in to this one with Obara being a serious puncher himself, and boasting an 83% KO rating himself. The JApanese fighter will be fighting in his first world title bout though he is a former Japanese and OPBF champion with wins against the likes of Hayato Hokazono and Shinya Iwabuchi. Following a loss on his debut, back in August 2010, Obara reeled off 15 straight wins, with 14 by stoppage, before beign held to a hugely controversial draw last year by Nicaraguan Walter Castillo. A rematch with Castillo was ordered but the Nicaraguan turned it down, leading to the IBF naming Obara as the mandatory challenger for Troyanovsky.
At the moment the bout appears to be signed and sealed with the promoter, the powerful "World Boxing" thought to be working on the rest of the card before officially announcing the bout in the next week or two.
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