It's fair to say that Masayuki Kuroda (27-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] has turned his career around in the last 12 months, or so, by stringing together 3 wins in a row and ressurecting a career that looked like it was dwindling down. Those wins have seen him claims the "interim" Japanese Flyweight title, and unify it with the regular title as he's become a 2-weight Japanese champion and got himself back into the mix for a second world title fight.
Over the weekend saw news break of Kuroda's first defense of the Japanese Flyweight title, and it will see him return to the ring on November 10th to take on the limited but excited Mako Matsuyama (8-12-2, 3) [松山 真虎] in what should be a barn burning contest.
At his best Kuroda is a fringe world class fighter, but in recent years he has struggled and prior to his current 3 fight winning streak he had gone 3-4-3, showing just how inconsistent he had been at the time, with the fighter struggling to find his groove, and really looking like a man who had sene better days. Last time out however he scared a career defining win over Takuya Kogawa to unify the interim and regular Japanese titles and it's fair to say he won't be in a hurry to lose to belt.
Matsuyama is himself totally out of form with just a wince win in his last 7 bout, though he has been in some really tear ups with his 2014 contest against Rex Tso in Macao being a breath taking thriller. Despite his limitations he's a gutsy fighter who puts on a show and should make for an exciting action fight with Kuroda, even if he does seem almost certain to come up short.
Notable this bout will feature on a card which will be headlined by Takeshi Inoue (11-0-1, 6) [井上 岳志] challenging OPBF Light Middleweight champion Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7) and will also feature a female title bout between Naoko Shibata (17-4-1, 6) [柴田 直子] and Etsuko Tada (16-3-2, 5) [多田 悦子] making this a very interesting card on paper.
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