Day 2 of the Fuji TV Boxing FES 2017 is set to be a stacked card with two notable world title fights on it. The headliner will see Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against American challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5) whilst the other will see the IBF Light Flyweight title being unified as regular champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] battles interim champion Milan Melindo (35-2, 12).
As well as the two main events the card also has a string of notable names on the under-card in supporting bouts. They include 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], who will battle against Takuya Yamamoto (8-6, 4) [山本 拓哉] and former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (32-3-1, 21) [細野 悟] battling against recent Japanese Lightweight challenger Masashi Noguchi (12-6-1, 6) [野口将志].
The latest bout to be added to the card has seen former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Matsumoto (19-1, 17) [松本亮] facing off with Indonesian veteran Hendrik Barongsay (29-25-3, 18), in what is likely to be little more than a stay busy bout for Matsumoto, who is looking for a world title fight later in the year.
The 23 year old Matsumoto took a 7 month break from the ring last year to recieve medical treatment for a long term issue, and this will be his second bout of the year and his third contest within 6 months.
Although Barongsay is far from a top opponent he is a sturdy veteran who has been stopped just 9 times in 57 contests. He has been in with a who's who including Genesis Servania, Nawaphon Por Chokchai, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Loreno Villanueva, Denkaosan Kaovichit and Kohei Kono.
The bout here for Matsumoto is thought to be a title prelude before his team look to set up a world title bout in the second half of the year.
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