Earlier today the Ohashi gym announced their next big show, set for May 21st at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.
The main event of the card will see WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] defending his title against Mexican challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5). The Mexican challenger is currently on a 4 fight winning streak since a narrow 2015 loss to David Carmona in Mexico, and has regularly fought in hte US, though not managed to fight on a big stage as of yet. Coming in to the bout the challenger is the WBO "Latino" champion, and last defended his title in February against the previously unbeaten Carlos Narvaez.
The bout will be Inoue's 5th defense of the Super Flyweight title, a belt he won back in 2014, when he smashed Omar Andres Narvaez in 2 rounds to put himself on on the watch list of every fight fan.
The other part of the double header will see IBF Light Flyweight title champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] defending his title against interim champion Milan Melindo (35-2, 12), in a bout which will see the title being unified.
Yaegashi will be looking to record the 3rd defense of his title and make a mandatory defense, potentially clearing the door for possible unification bouts later in the year. As for Melindo the bout sees him getting a third shot to become a "regular" world champion, and build on his current reign as an interim title holder. The bout,a potential war given the styles of the men, will act as the chief support bout, the on paper is likely to be a more competitive bout than the Inoue contest.
Also set for the card is a a bout featuring Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], who will face his first domestic foe, as he takes on Takuya Yamamoto (8-6, 4) [山本 拓哉].
The card will be aired on Fuji TV and looks set to make for a monster, pun intended, weekend for Japanese fight fans who get two big shows on May 20th as well as this May 21st show!
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