Earlier today we saw reports from Japan that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11) [岡田 博喜] will return to the ring on December 19th at the Korakuen Hall in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific title.
Not only was that an interesting story by it's self, but it was made even more interesting when we learned that Okada's opponent would be world ranked Filipino fighter Jason Pagara (40-2-1, 25), who will be risking his WBO top 10 ranking against Okada, who is ranked inside the top 10 with the WBO and IBF himself.
The bout will certianly push the winner towards a world title fight, though won't assure the winner of one, and will see the winner claim a major regional title title along the way.
The unbeaten Okada won the Japanese title in 2014, and made 6 defences before vacating the title at the end of 2016. This will be a step up on paper, but one he will feel confident of coming out on top of. For Pagara the bout will be his first since a thrilling draw with James Onyango earlier this year, and it willalso be his first in Japan.
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