Today saw the announcement of a brilliant looking OPBF title double header for March 11th.
The lesser of the two bouts is for the vacant OPBF female Minimumweight title as former WBC Atomweight title challenger Saemi Hanagata (8-4-2, 3) takes on the unbeaten Satomi Nishimura (6-0, 1). On paper this looks like a bout that you'd favour Nishimura in, though she has only faced 2 non-debuting opponents in her 6 bouts and she has fought at a much lower level than Hanagata.
Hanagata, for her 4 losses and 2 draws, has competed with the likes of Momo Koseki, Masae Akitaya and Yuko Kuroki, all of whom are better than anyone on Nushumura's record.
The better bout, at least for us, is the fight for the vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The belt which was recently given up by Charlie Ota will be fought for by former Japanese Welterweight champion Koji Numata (21-7-1, 16) and the freakishly tall Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-2, 6).
For Numata this will be his second attempt at the OPBF Light Middleweight title having been stopped in 9 by Charlie Ota last June. It'll be that experience, and the fact he was once the Japanese Welterweight champion, that will see him as the favourite going in.
For Shimokawara, who will have a 3" or 4" height advantage, this will be his first title fight of any type. He'll go in as the clear under-dog though will be hoping that he can make the most of his height advantage to neutralise Numata's power which has stopped the likes of Tadashi Yuba and the then unbeaten Yuichi Ideta.
Although both titles are vacant they are both intriguing match ups.
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