A few days ago Kadoebi announced a really interesting clash at Lightweight between the heavy handed Japanese fighter Shuhei Tsuchiya (16-3, 14) and Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (26-8-1, 12). The bout, announced for November 28th, looks to be something a bit special on paper and although neither man is a world their styles should gel to give us a potential FOTY contender.
For Tsuchiya this will be his 3rd bout of the year and follows an opening round blow out of Fonluang Sor Singyu as well as an exciting 10th round TKO loss to Leonardo Zappavinga in a bloody and action packed war. The loss to Zappavinga was the third stoppage loss in the career of Tsuchiya who has also come up short against current OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani and former title challenger Shoji Kawase.
Sadly for Tsuchiya the last 2 years have been forgettable with 3 losses in 5 fights and his record falling from 14-0 to 16-3, with his style however he will always be fun to watch and always have fans. He will also know that a win here will put him back into the title mix domestically.
As for Sismundo, otherwise known as Mondo Harada, this will be his first bout since he lost in an OPBF title challenger against Masayoshi Nakatani back in May. Although Harada lost that bout he put up a great effort against the Ioka gym prospect and really saw new questions being asked about Nakatani. As with Tsuchiya this will be Sismundo's third bout of the year and he will be looking for his second win following a victory back in February over Elmer Colve. Although Sismundo's record is sketchy on paper he has shared the ring with some notable fighters, including Terdsak Kokietgym, Daud Cino Yordan and Dante Jardon.
With a record of 2-1 in Japan Sismundo will be looking for his third win in the country in a little over a year and will know that a win could move him one step closer to a notable contest against someone like Nihito Arakawa or Yoshitaka Kato, in fact Kato is actually a stablemate of Tsuchiya.
From what we understand this bout will be the main event of an interesting card that will also feature 3 other 8 round bounts
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