One of those fighters set to return to action is the all-action Koki Eto (17-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜], who has been inactive since losing to Carlos Cuadras in a WBC Super Flyweight title bout last November. The former WBA "interim" and OPBF Flyweight champion will be going up against Filipino Michael Escobia (11-11-1, 3) in an 8 round bout contracted at 116lbs. The bout will see not only Eto return to the ring but Escobia return to the Japanese ring since a 2014 loss to Masaaki Serie.
On paper Eto's return should be a relatively easy win, especially given that Esobia has gone 2-9 in his last 11, however he has fought significantly higher in weight than Eto.
The other fighter is former returning is former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (13-1, 5) [内藤 律樹], who is fighting for the first time since he lost that Japanese title to Kenichi Ogawa last December. Naito will be up against the highly experienced Chaiyong Sithsaithong (40-15-4, 28) [ชัยยงค์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง] from Thailand. On paper this looks like a stiff test for Naito, though it should be noted thaty the Thai was beaten by novice Shuichiro Yoshino [吉野 修一郎] back in February and given that performance Naito should be heavily favoured.
Interestingly it has been confirmed that Naito's bout will be taking place at Lightweight.