Popular puncher Keita Obara (13-1, 12) may well be out of interesting opponents to defend his OPBF Light Welterweight title against but he certainly isn't going to be sitting and waiting for a challenger to emerge. Instead it's been announced that he will be back in the ring in a stay busy fight on April 13th at the Korakuen Hall.
Ranked in the top 15 by both the IBF (#15) and Boxrec (#10) Obara is a devastating puncher and a former Japanese champion who made the move to OPBF champion last year, when he when he beat Jay Solmiano for the title. Since then he has defended the belt once, stopping compatriot Shinya Iwabuchi in the 12th round, and flirted with a move to Welterweight.
Although relatively unknown in the west Obara is the type of fighter that Western fans would likely enjoy watching with his combination of boxing ability and true lights-out power. It's been this combination which has help make him popular with the hardcore boxing fans and TV cameras with Fuji TV often relaying his fights on tape delay.
At the moment Obara's opponent is yet to be decided though it's though he will be in either the chief support bout, or the secondary support bout ahead of a brilliant domestic main event between Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (21-6, 11) and the unbeaten and fast rising Shohei Omori (13-0, 8).
Another bout added to this card will see former OPBF Featherweight title challenger Ryo Takenaka (11-3-1, 6) fight against Junki Sasaki (13-2, 5). For Takenaka this will be his first fight since he was stopped in an OPBF Featherweight title fight by Hisashi Amagasa with just 105 seconds of their bout left, in fact prior to the stoppage it seemed that Takenaka was about to claim the OPBF title.
It now seems that this card is stacking up to be a really interesting one on the domestic level and hopefully we will see portions of it on Fuji TV.
(Image courtesy of Misako Gym)
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