In late 2015 Rikki Naito (15-1, 5) [内藤 律樹] lost his unbeaten record, and the Japanese Super Featherweight title, to heavy handed Teikan man Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16) [尾川 堅一] via a 5th round technical decision.
Since then the two men have gone unbeaten. We've seen Ogawa, who has looked less impressive than he did against Naito, score 2 defenses of the title, over-coming Satoru Sugita and Kento Matsuhsita and we've seen Naito score wins over Chaiyong Sithsaithong and Argie Toquero, both at Lightweight.
Today it was revealed that one of them would see their current winning run come to an end on December 3rd with the two men now set for a rematch at the Korakuen Hall as the headline bout of a Dynamic Glove show.
Prior to their first bout, which can be seen below, Naito had been tipped as a potential world level contender and had held world rankings whilst building a strong fan base and getting a fair bit of press attention. Whilst some of that attention was due to his father, former fighter Cassius Naito, a decent amount was due to the promise Naito was showing and he had racked up 3 defenses of the title, including wins over Shingo Eto and Masayuki Ito, as well as a non title win against Nihito Arakawa.
Their first bout however made Naito look like a relative child compared to the big punching and physically powerful Ogawa. For Ogawa the win over Naito was his 11th straight win, though it ended a 10 fight T/KO run. Since that bout he has extended that winning run to an an impressive 13 bouts, with 12 KO's coming from that 13 bouts run. It'll be fair to say that Ogawa will be looking to stop Naito here, but as mentioned he hasn't looked great in performances since winning the title and may well be struggling with the honour of being the champion.
At the moment it's unclear if this bout will be aired live, but it does seem almost certain that G+ will air it. Interestingly their first bout was aired on Fuji TV as part of a Diamong Glove card.
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