Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see an OPBF Featherweight title fight, as reigning champion Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] takes on once beaten Filipino challenger Randy Braga (19-1-1, 5).
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both made weight, in fact both came in at an identical weight of 57KG's, around 1/4lb under the Featherweight limit for the bout.
For the champion the bout will be his second defense, and sees him hunting a third straight stoppage win, following wins over Vinvin Rufino and Akira Shono, it does however see him returning from a hand injury which has slowed his rise through the ranks. If he wins the aim is clearly to begin moving into the world rankings, and look to become the #1 Featherweight in Japan, supplanting Satoshi Hosono, and eventually move towards a world title bout.
The challenger, making his Japanese debut, will be fighting in his first OPBF title bout, but has previously won national titles and challenged in South Africa for an international title. Although the visitor he has an impressive record and some suggest he should be unbeaten coming into this, making him a very interesting challenger for the technically skilled champion.
Braga looks to dethrone Takenaka in OPBF battle
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