On October 11th Japanese fans will see former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (27-2-2, 18) [赤穂 亮] return to the ring as he is now set to face the once beaten Hiroaki Teshigawara (12-1-2, 6) [勅使河原 弘晶] at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout will be Akaho's second since his loss last August to Pungluang Sor Singyu in a WBO Bantamweight world title bout, and will see him looking to build on his May win over Toyoto Shiraishi. Teshigawara comes into this one riding an 8 fight unbeaten run, which includes a notable draw against Hideo Sakamoto and wins over Kenichi Watanabe and Yoshihiro Utsumi.
Whilst Akaho will be the favourite, given his experience at a higher level than Teshigawara, however the 26 year old Teshigawara will know that a win here could put him in the mix for a title fight, so he has a lot to gain here.
On the under-card fans will see a rematch between Ryohei Takahashi (9-2-1, 2) [高橋 竜平] and Wataru Takeda (9-0-1, 3) [武田 航]. Takeda debuted against Takahashi, fighting to a draw against the then 0-1 Takahashi, and has since gone 9-0 whilst also claiming the Rookie of the Year Bantamweight crown last year, beating Tenta Kiyose in the final. For Takahashi the bout will be his second since he was beaten in a WBA Oceania title fight against the very talented Andrew Moloney in Australia.
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