Muranaka, who was stripped of the Japanese title earlier this year after failing to make weight ahead of a title defense, will be facing the limited Hideyuki Watanabe (8-7-3, 6) in his return bout, which has come after a notable suspension.
The bout will take place at the Korakuen Hall and is scheduled for 10 rounds, though at the moment details regarding the weight for the contest haven't been made public, though there is a suspicion that it will be fought above the Flyweight limit, giving Muranaka some flexibility in regards to his weight for the bout.
Prior to being stripped of the Japanese title there was some talk about Muranaka getting a world title fight. He is still ranked by all 4 world title bodies though if he's unable to make 112lbs then he'll have to join the sharks at Super Flyweight, where his style would likely be less successful than it's been at Flyweight. In the past he's been one of the most exciting and fun to watch fighters on the planet, with a style that is all action. We expect to see that same activity and heart against Watanabe but the future will likely bring real problems for the all-action Flash Akbane fighter.
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