Back in May we reported that Japanese youngster, and current national Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (7-0, 4) [拳 四朗] would be defending his title against Toshimasa Ouchi (20-8-3, 6) [大内 淳雅] on August 7th.
Over the weekend we have seen that bout being confirmed with the two men taking part in a press conference to announce the bout, and confirm that the contest will not just be for the Japanese title but also the OPBF Light Flyweight title.
The bout, which will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, is viewed by Ken Shiro's team as a potential stepping stone to a world title fight, and if he beats the experienced Ouchi he will likely find himself in the running for a potential title fight in December. For Ouchi however the bout is a chance to become a title holder for the first time, following a draw in a previous Japanese title bout.
For those interested, and for those who speak Japanese, the press conference is available below thanks to the BMBBOXING youtube channel, who have often shared Ken Shiro's bouts.
Ken Shiro to defend Japanese title on August 7th!(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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