Earlier we broke the news that Tadashi Yuba (46-9-2, 33), the first ever fighter to win Japanese titles in 5 weights, would be returning to the ring on December 18th to battle against world ranked Filipino Dennis Laurente (48-5-5, 29) in an OPBF Light Middleweight title bout. At the time we suggest the bout was set to be formerly announced and that we would be awaiting announcements of the under-card.
Just a few hours after we broke the news of Yuba Vs Laurente the full card was formerly announced with the show making up Dangan 118 and om paper it looks a really interesting card with 3 of 4 bouts of note. Sadly however it also features a very disappointing return to the ring for Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (10-1, 6).
We had hoped that Fujimoto would be fighting Nobuhiro Ishida for a second time this year though those hopes were dashed when Fujimoto announced he was wanting to fight an international opponent a few weeks ago. He was subsequently offered a bout for the OPBF title against Joseph Parker though turned that down and will now be fighting Frenchman David Radeff (5-8-2, 2), a man best known for losing to Ishida earlier this year. Interestingly Fujimoto Vs Radeff will come just over a week before Ishida's next bout, a contest that will see Ishida fighting against Kotatsu Takehara. Whilst Ishida beat Radeff in his last bout Fujimoto actually beat Takehara in his most recent contest and it appears likely the both are trying to out do the other in bouts that may act as a precursor to the two top Japanese Heavyweights battling in 2015. Sadly though we do need to say that this is a poor match up for Fujimoto considering he knew what the fans wanted to see.
Of the undercard bouts we really like the other 3 bouts announced. The best of which appears to be a cross roads fight at Flyweight between the unbeaten Katsunori Nagamine (9-0, 6) and the once beaten Ryuto Oho (6-1-1, 2) however a second Flyweight bout, between Yuta Matsuo (6-1-1, 4) and Yota Hori (12-2-2, 7) does give it a good run for it's money. The other bout we've seen announced will see former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Masaaki Serie (25-7, 10) battle against former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Kinshiro Usui (21-4, 10). For Usui this will be his first bout in more than 3 years though it's fair to saw Serie has also waved good by to his prime and the loser her may end up looking at retirement.
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