Earlier this year fight fans in Japan saw Kosuke Saka (16-3, 13) [坂晃典] claim the Japanese Featherweight title, as he stopped Shota Hayashi [林 翔太] in 3 rounds. Sadly since his win, way back in April Saka has been inactive and hasn't really built on the win, as he would have hoped.
Today we've been informed that Saka will return to the ring to defend his title before the end of the year, as he takes on the relatively unknown Takenori Ohashi (14-4-2, 9) [大橋健典] on December 1st.
Saka comes into the bout not only as the champion but as a man in fantastic, and destructive, form with 8 straight wins. They have included the win over Hayashi as well as stoppages over Ryuto Kyoguchi, Burning Ishii and Takafumi Nakajima.
As for Ohashi, he has won his last 3, and is unbeaten in his last 4, though was stopped inside a round by Tsuyoshi Tameda back in 2015, and has suffered 3 stoppage loses already during his career.
It's had to see anything but a win for Saka, but the bout should be fun, and explosive, and it's always good to see a fighter like Saka back in action.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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