Several weeks ago we saw the official announcement of the next big Ohashi card, the September 4th "FES" card.
We've known since the announcement of the show that it would be headlined by Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO world title against Thailand's Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม] with the main supporting bouts being Takuma Inoue's (7-0, 2) [井上 拓真] bout with Filipino Froilan Saludar (23-1-1, 14) and the debut of 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡], who will be up against South Korean In Kyoo Lee (3-2, 1) [이인규].
Now we can confirm the card will be a family affair for the Inoue's with cousin Koki Inoue (4-0, 3) [浩樹井上] set to take on Indonesian veteran Heri Andriyanto (22-22-2, 10) in what looks to be a credible step in the right direction for the "third Inoue".
Koki's bout will be fought just above the Light Welterweight limit, with a contracted weight of 65KG's, or 143.3lbs, and is scheduled to go 8 rounds.
For Koki the bout is his longest to date and sees him taking on the most experienced opponent of his professional career in what looks to be a good step forward for the 24 year old Southpaw. As for Andriyanto this will be his 47th professional bout and his 5th in Japan, where he has gone the distance with Yoshihiro Kamegai, Shuhei Tsuchiya and Kazuya Maruki, though he was stopped in 2013 by Hiroki Okada. That loss to Okada was just the 5th stoppage of his career, though he has since been stopped once more.
For Koki the bout should act as a test of his finishing instincts whilst Andriyanto has been signed to come and get rounds for the touted local, who recently went 6 rounds on his international debut in Korea against Hyun Woo Yuh in a bout that can be seen below.
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