A few weeks ago we reported that a deal had been agreed for an IBF Super Featherweight title bout between former Japanese champion Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] and American Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5). Today Teiken officially confirmed that a deal had been complete and the bout was now set for December 9th, as had long been speculated, and would be taking place at the Mandalay By in Las Vegas.
The bout will be the chief support bout for a card headlined by a potential FOTY contender, as Orlando Salido takes on Miguel Roman. It will be the first world title bout for both Ogawa and Farmer, and will also mark Ogawa's first bout outside of Japan.
It's probably fair to say that neither Ogawa or Farmer is an international star, but both are pretty well regarded. Farmer has long called for a world title fight, and despite his sketchy looking record he has won his last 18, including wins over Ivan Redkach, Gamaliel Diaz and Daulis Prescott. His form has been great over the last few years, and the biggest issue with his career has been an out of the ring incident that saw him beign shot, suffering wounds to his hands.
As for Ogawa he was a Japanese champion who recorded 5 defenses of that title, including defenses against Rikki Naito, Satoru Sugita and Kento Matsushita. He has avenged his only defeat and is currently on a 14 fight unbeaten run, though has looked less than impressive in some recent contests.
Not only did Teiken confirm the contest but also that it would be shown live on Japanese premium service WOWOW, as part of their Excite Match series.
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