The bout in question will see the former Japanese amateur stand out, who went 104-20 (55) in the unpaid ranks, take on the highly experienced, tough and dangerous, Chaiyong Sithsaithong (39-14-4, 28) [ชัยยงค์ ศิษย์ทรายทอง].
Although the Thai doesn't have a perfect record he is a very tough ask for a novice and is a high risk-high reward fighter, given that he is currently #3 ranked by the OPBF.
Chaiyong is a well travelled 35 year old who began his career in 2003 and has faced a number of notable names, losing decisions to the likes of Z Gorres, Vyacheslav Gusev, Jack Asis, Josh King and Paul Fleming whilst fighting to a technical draw wuith Juan Martin Elorde and scoring an openign round blow out last year over Japanese puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki. Through out his 57 bout career he has been stopped just once more than 4 years ago, by Masatoshi Kotani in Japan, and has featured in a number of regional title fights.
Despite his experience Chaiyong will be the under-dog with Yoshino hotly tipped for the top. This step up for the 24 year old, who debuted against a win-less Thai, is a huge one but he should have youth, his amateur background and natural size in his favour, though of course he will still need to make the most of those advantages against a confident fighter who is on a 2 fight stoppage run.
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