Earlier today it was announced that former Japanese Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8) would be returning to the ring on December 12th in Bangkok, fighting for the first time since he vacated the title.
The Japanese fighter won the domestic title earlier this year when he upset Japanese domestic legend Tadashi Yuba but has been inactive ever since and was forced to pull out of a defense due to health issues. It was assumed that upon his return he would focus on regaining the Japanese national title but instead it seems he has aspiration far beyond a domestic belt, in fact it appears he has his eyes on a world title.
Currently ranked #12 by the IBF Hosokawa has indicated that he wants to move up the rankings. To do that he has aimed his sights on the IBF Asia title and will be fighting for that belt in his upcoming contest in Thailand as he takes on Indonesian journeyman Moses Seran (24-18, 11).
On paper the bout is a mismatch with Hosokawa being significantly better than his record indicates, as shown by wins over Randy Suico, Patomsuk Pathompothong and Tadashi Yuba in recent years however it's a chance for a an Asian fighter to edge towards a major bout in a division we don't tend to see many Asian's competing in. On the other hand it's a no lose situation for Seran who has won just 4 of his last 12 bouts and fought as low Lightweight in recent bouts, a win would net him a world ranking.
The reason this fight is to take place in Thailand is because the JBC don't yet recognise the regional titles such as the IBF Asia belt or the WBO Oriental titles, thus preventing this bout from taking place on their jurisdiction.
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