We've nown for a while thatMasayuki Ito (20-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] would be headlining a September 2nd card at the Korakuen Hall. Although we knew when and where, we knew very little else about Ito's next bout.
That changed today however, when it was revealed that Ito's next bout will see the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion fighting in a non-title bout against Filipino visitor Glenn Enterina (11-2-1, 8), with the two men fighting in a 10 rounder. With Ito himself revealing the details for the bout, and poster for the contest, on his instagram account.
Coming in to the bout Ito is ranked #3 by the WBO and is potentially looking at a world title fight in the near future. It's clear he's not going to risk that possible world title fight unless there's something big out there for him, and that perhaps explains why he's facing the little known Filipino in what should really be a stay busy fight for the Japanese fighter.
Although relatively unknown in the west Ito is one of the more promising Super Featherweights in Asia. He holds notable wins over the likes of Masaru Sueyoshi, Kosuke Saka, Masao Nakamura, Shingo Eto and Takuya Watanabe and unified the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles last December. For those who haven't seen him he's a talented boxer-mover, who hits harder than his record suggests and was really unlucky in his sole defeat.
As for Enterina he's a bit of an unknown, who was stopped in 2 rounds by Junny Salogaol back in April 2016 and narrowly beaten in Russia earlier this year by Mark Urvanov. Little is really know about his style, though he can certainly bang and he dropped Urvanov, and already has 8 stoppages to his name. It would however be considered a big upset if he beat Ito here.
In the chief support bout we'll see the hotly tipped Sho Nakazawa (10-1, 4) [中澤 奨], as he looks to move towards a title fight of his own, whilst another notable under-card bout will see Yosuke Fujihara (16-5, 4) [藤原陽介] risk his Japanese Super Bantamweight ranking.
For fans interested in watching the card this one will be live on G+ on September 2nd and looks to be well worth tuning in for, even if we du suspect that the main event will be a mismatch
(Image and Instagram post courtesy of Masayuki Ito)