The Japanese title fight, which was ordered by the JBC as part of the Champion Carnival, will see unbeaten men collide as Kubo's stablemate Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] battles against Watanabe Gym's Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆].
Whilst that Japanese title bout has long been known about we didn't know who OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title against. That's now changed and we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thailand's Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], who was last in action in November against Czar Amonsot who stopped him in 7 rounds.
The Thai makes for a good looking opponent on paper, but a questionable one with Kaewfah coming in to this bout on the back of a loss, and previous struggles to make Lightweight. If he can make the weight comfortably he will make for a decent test for Nakatani, who will be seeking his 7th defense following previous wins over the likes of Ricky Sismundo, Futoshi Usami and Allan Tanada, but there is a genuine chance that the Thai will have depleted himself whilst making the 135lb limit for this bout.