We have recently learned that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara (12-1, 11) will return to the ring on December 8th in a 10 non-title bout against a yet to be named foe.
Obara, one of Japan's most exciting fighters to watch, will likely be looking to close out a brilliant year with an easy win after two impressive wins already in 2014.
Back in April Obara became the OPBF champion as he stopped Filipino Jay Solmiano in 4 rounds for the vacant title. Since then he has defended it once by taking out the fearsome punching Shinya Iwabuchi in the 12th round of a highly entertaining contest.
Although Obara's opponent hasn't been named it's still great to see him in action and hopefully 2015 will see the heavy handed slugger build on his success from this year.
Obara's contest has been added to a card headlined by Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (20-6, 11) who will be seeking his second defense of the title as he takes on Tatsuya Takahashi (18-5-3, 13) in what looks to be a very interesting contest. For Masuda this follows two big wins from earlier in the year as he's won the title, scoring a 10th round technical decision over Yu Kawaguchi, and defended the belt in spectacular fashion stopping Konosuke Tomiyama in 3 rounds.
For those wanting to watch this card it will be televised live on Fuji Next and will then have tape delay footage shown on Fuji TV, hopefully the delay footage will feature both champions in action.
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