We've been informed that OPBF Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (17-1, 10) will return to action on September 6th in a bout contracted above the regular Bantamweight limit.
The main reason for this bout to be above the 118lb limit is that Iwasa mentioned that he was struggling with the Bantamweight weight limit. That struggle with the weight seemed to be somewhat evident when he struggled to defend his Oriental title against Richard Pumicpic earlier this year. As a result this coming bout will be fought at 54.5KG or just over 120lbs.
The fight will see Iwasa battling against Indonesia's Rommy Wassar (10-16-7, 5), and although the fight is a mismatch in every which way it seems likely that Iwasa is wanting to see how he feels with a little bit of extra weight. The likely result will be that he then makes a fully fledged move to the quickly improving Super Bantamweight division in the next 12-24 months unless he can secure a world title bout at Bantamweight for his very next fight.
Wassar isn't a good fighter. We can't stress how limited he is, however he has been in with some solid and credible opponents such as Sod Kokietgym, Petch Kokietgym and Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat though they have all beaten him with ease. Iwasa should also manage to see him off with out many issues though as mentioned the fight is about seeing how he copes with the added bit of weight and whether or not he will move up sooner rather than later.
The bout will be one of the feature bouts on the Dynamic Glove show at the Korakuen Hall. A show that will also feature Toshiyuki Igarashi's (18-2-1, 11) comeback contest against Renren Tesorio (13-4-3, 4).
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