Back in July we reported that IBF Light Welterweight world champion Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21) had taken to social media to reveal that he would be facing mandatory challenger Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太] on September 9th in Moscow. Today the team behind Obara confirmed the story themselves at a press conference in Japan.
The press conference was held at the Misako gym and it seemed like Obara was full of confidence in taking the belt from the unbeaten Russian, in what will be a match up between two monstrously heavy handed fighters.
At the press conference it seemed clear that Obara and his team had been scouting Troyanovsky for a while with comments regarding the Russian's style, strengths and weaknesses being made. With the challenger stating that Troyanovsky had a scary looking right hand, could box and that his defense was better than it looked. Despite that he did vow KO the champion.
The Japanese fighter will be travelling to Russia on September 2nd to allow his body to acclimatise to the condition of the country ahead of the fight as he looks to become one of the very few Japanese fighters to win a world title at 140lbs.
For Troyanovsky the bout will be his second defense, following a win in a rematch with former champion Cesar Rene Cuenca. This is however the first time the champion has faced a prime, world class puncher.
Keita Obara Vs Eduard Troyanovsky set for September 9th!
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