The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for Japanese youngster Shohei Omori (15-1, 10) [大森 将平].
The 23 year old burst on to the title scene with an amazing blow out win over Kentaro Masuda, to claim the Japanese Bantamweight title in April 2015 and defended the title once, stopping former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai in 6 rounds. Those were the high points and were sadly followed by the Kyoto fighter suffering his first loss, a 2nd round TKO defeat to Marlon Tapales in a WBO world title eliminator, and later being arrested for an incident with a woman, though all charges for that arrest were quickly dropped.
Now Omori will be looking to get back on the winning ways as he returns to the ring on April 16th in what will be his first bout since the loss to Tapales.
The exciting Japanese fighter will be up against the "better than his record" Espinos Sabu (15-8-2, 8).
Sabu is best known for engaging in a fun war with Rex Tso back in 2014 though has sadly struggled for wins in recent bouts, in fact he has gone 1-8-1 in his last 10 what has been a horror run for the once 14-0-1 Indonesian. Despite his run of poor results he has never been stopped and should be regarded as a decent, though not amazing, comeback opponent for Omori who's confidence had to have been shattered by the loss to Tapales.
The bout between Omori and Sabu will act as the chief support bout for a Japanese Lightweight title fight between Omori's stable Kota Tokunaga (17-2, 11) [徳永 幸大] and the ridiculously tough Nihito Arakawa (26-6-1, 16) [荒川 仁人], in what will be Tokunaga's third defense of the Japanese title.
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