Earlier this year we saw the crowning of a new OPBF Featherweight champion, as Korean warrior Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], upset Japan's Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良] with one of the most notable Asian upsets of 2017.
Today as Noh having his first defense being announced as Ohashi gym held a press conference to break the news that their unbeaten prospect Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be challenging Noh for the title on October 2nd.
The bout will be Noh's first since upsetting Takenaka and see him return to the Korakeun Hall, for just his second bout outside of Korea. On paper he has the edge in professional experience and will be coming into the contest not only as the champion but as someone who has just recorded a career defining victory.
As for Shimizu, a 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner and former amateur star, the bout is a monstrous step up in class and could see him tie the Japanese record of few fights to an OPBF title, a record currently held by 2-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka. It's thought that if he comes out on top here he, and his team, will push for a world title fight in 2018.
The bout is set to headline Phoenix Battle Vol 61 and will be covered by Fuji TV, with other top Ohashi prospects expected to be in action on the under-card.
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