It was announced earlier today by both Ohashi Gym, the promoters of the show, and Shin Ono (17-6-2, 2) himself that the recent IBF Minimumweight title challenger would be returning to the ring on August 7th at the "50th Phoenix Battle".
Details on the bout aren't totally clear though from what we understand Ono will be fighting a Thai opponent with the bout said to be a 6 rounder which will act as the chief support bout to a non title bout involving WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (17-5-1, 2), who herself battles Thai fighter Yokfah Mor Krunthepthonburi (0-6).
Despite the show now including the talented Ono, a former OPBF champion, the card does look like a weak one over-all with no bout that really stand out as being that exciting. Saying that however it seems likely that the show will serve a purpose in regards to the future and it could be that Ono has agreed to fight on the show with the chance of getting a big fight either later this year or even next year with someone like Takuma Inoue (2-0) on a future Ohashi show. We are speculating but it could make sense.
One other interesting thing to note is that Ono was last seen losing a decision to Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10) and Takayama himself fights just a few days later as he battles Francisco Rodriguez Jr (14-2, 10) in a Minimumweight unification contest.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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