Although Mukhlis, who fought Takashi Uchiyama in a WBA Super Featherweight title bout, is out Aoki won't be given an easy fight and instead of Mukhlis, Aoki will be fighting against Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33).
Like Muhklis, Terdsak is a former world title challenger with the Thai veteran having fought Steve Luevano for the WBO Featherweight title and Takahiro Ao for the WBC Super Featherweight title as well as Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBO interim Featherweight title. Although Terdsak came up short in those 3 high profile bouts he is a very competent fighter who has only lost to world class opponents, including the 3 men already mentioned and Joan Guzman, and he has held various regional titles.
Ranked #3 by the WBO and #6 by the WBA, Terdsak will be hoping that another win here will help move him towards a world title. For Aoki however the fight is all about the potential reward and a win could see him bursting on to the world rankings and moving towards a career defining payday.
Although the bout is the show's main event we'll admit we're more interested in one of the undercard bouts. That contest will see the debuting Kenshiro Teraji (0-0) taking on Indonesian veteran Heri Amol (34-17-4, 14) in a baptism of fire. From what we've been told Teraji is a fighter with superstar potential, stunning skills and the ability to go all the way. If half of that is true then this young kid could be a very exciting prospect to follow.
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