Just over a week ago we reported that Shintaro Matsumoto (13-4, 9) [松本 晋太郎] would be returning to the ring to defend his OPBF Super Middleweight title on October 17th against Australian prospect Jayde Mitchell (9-1, 4). Today that bout was officially announced by promotional outfit Yonekura who also revealed some details in regards to the under-card.
Firstly the main event will be the first defense of the title that Matusmoto won earlier this year, when he he dethroned Yuzo Kiyota in their third meeting. It's a good first defense against Mitchell, who has shown some promise since suffering an early career defeat. It's certainly not a bout that will launch either man into the world rankings, or towards a world title fight, but it's certainly not a bad bout and it should prove to be very enjoyable to watch.
Whilst the title bout may be the main contest the chief support bout is likely to be a better bout as Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-2-2, 11) [溜田 剛士] faces Reiya Abe (12-2, 6) [阿部 麗也], in a bout between two OPBF ranked fighters.
Tameda is fighting for the first time since he suffered a 12 round decision loss to Simpiwe Vetyeka. Although he lost that he was given real credit from the South Africans who were amazed by how tough and brave Tameda was. That loss to Vetyeka ended a 4 fight stoppage run from the Japanese fighter, who scored a notable stoppage against Mark Bernaldez, and ended a 10 fight unbeaten run from the exciting Japanese youngster.
Abe on the other hand comes into this one a 4 fight winning run, including wins over the then unbeaten Ryo Hino and Hikaru Marugame, as well as a stoppage over Shingo Kusano. They may not be massive wins but they are certainly notable wins and show that Abe is a rising star himself, and this bout will be one he'll give his all in as he attempts to take a major step towards a title bout.
Sadly the other bouts on the under-card aren't anything too notable.
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