Arakawa, who announced he was pursuing the WBO regional title last year, was expected to have chased a bout with a big name when he choce to vacate the Japanese domestic crown, whilst mandated to fight Shuhei Tsuchiya. Originally that looked like a potentially brilliant bout between Arakawa and the then champion Daud Cino Yordan. Sadly Yordan has chosen to vacate the title, likely focusing on moving towards a world title fight, and it's left Arakawa facing Sabalde for the belt.
The Japanese warrior is best known for his incredible toughness and his 2013 bout with Omar Figueroa Jr will live long in the memory of fans. Since that bout his career has been up and down with 3 losses and 4 wins, though he has won his last 3 bouts and is looking to have found a new lease of life in his career since joining the Watanabe gym.
The little known Sabalde has fought a number of notable names, uncluding Jimmy Paypa, Jessie Cris Rosales and John Vincent Moralde, though has come up short every time he has faced someone of some note. That is likely to happen again here.
Interestingly the bout will headline Dangan 175, a show that we're expecting to be stream on Boxingraise.