Naito, who won the belt this past January when he stopped Jeffrey Arienza, will be up against tough Filipino challenger Jheritz Chavez (8-2-2, 6) in what looks likely to be a very tough bout for the champion.
Naito originally made his name at Super Featherweight, where he claimed the Japanese title way back in in 2014. He went on to make 3 defenses of the title before losing it, in a technical decision, against Kenichi Ogawa. A rematch with Ogawa saw Naito fail to reclaim the belt before he decided to move up in weight and he has began to make his mark at 140lbs, where he is now 3-0 (2) and looks like a solid fighter at the new weight.
As for Chavez he is very much an under-the-radar fighter who has fought much of his career at Lightweight but is a live throeat at this level. He drew 2 of his first 4 bouts before losing in Russia to the promising Vage Sarukhanyan. He bounced back from that loss with two domestic wins, including one over Al Sabaupan, before losing last year to Hiroki Okada, in his only previous bout in Japan.
The Naito Vs Chavez bout will headline the card with the Shindo Vs Maruki bout acting as the chief support bout and the full card is expected to be made available on Boxingraise for subscribers of that service.