It was announced earlier today that the world ranked Shohei Omori (12-0, 7) would be returning to the ring on October 19th as he continues his very promising career.
Omori, who was last seen stopping former world title challenger Christian Esquivel back in May, will be fighting against Japan's Bunta Mitaka (6-1-2), a man who only lost his own unbeaten record earlier this year with a narrow decision loss to Yuki Strong Kobayashi.
On paper this is a bit of a mismatch though with the Japanese and Oriental title currently being unavailable it's hard to blame Omori for wanting to stay busy. It seems clear his focus, for 2015, will be on title fights, especially given how impressive he looked against Esquivel. As long as he's using this bout to stay sharp and stay busy we can't really blame him for taking it, especially considering that he's only 21 and quickly improving.
Mitaka may have lost last time out be he will be going in to this bout knowing that it's a major opportunity. A win here would boost him up the domestic rankings and move him to being within a fight or two of a national title fight.
We really like Omori and we hope that if he wins here he will be getting a title fight next year, possibly against Kentaro Masuda or Ryosuke Iwasa, both of those fights would be tough but would move Omori very close to a world title shot.
(Image, of Omori, courtesy of http://www.wozboxing.com)
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