The first of the title bouts was announced at the end of May and is a WBO female Atomweight world title as Nao Ikeyama (18-3-1, 5) [池山直] takes on exciting challenger Saemi Hanagata (13-6-2, 7) [花形 冴美]. Not long after that saw the announcement that Nihito Arakawa (29-6-1, 17) [荒川 仁人] would defense the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title against Filipino challenger Marbon Bodiongan (14-5-2, 11), in a potentially very fan friendly bout.
We now know that the third title bout of the show will see WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔] take on former world champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-4-1, 26).
For Kimura he bout will be his first of the title, a title he won last year Masahiro Sakamoto, and will be his first against a former world champion. Although the bout is a huge step up in class, it does appear to be a calculated risk from Kimura's team with the Thai now fighting well above his best weight, of Minimumweight, and coming in low on confidence and on a 0-2 run in Japan.
The Thai veteran, who has suffered stoppage losses in Japan to Kazuto Ioka and Ryoichi Taguchi, begane his career 31-0-1 (17) and was the WBA Minimumweight champion in 2010-2011, but has since struggled against name worthy opponents, Ioka, Taguchi Stamp Kiatniwat and Muhammad Rachman. A win here would help him get his career back on track, but it would be a genuine upset if the Thai was to comeaway with the win here.
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