Reliable sources in Japan have reported that an agreement has been made for Japanese Light Middleweight champion Takeshi Inoue (11-0-1, 6) [井上 岳志] to challenger his OPBF counter-part Ratchasi Sithsaithong (9-3, 7) on November 10t, in a genuinely notable bout at 154lbs.
The unbeaten Inoue, who has won and defended the Japanese crown this year, is in the running to be one of the Japanese break out stars of the year. He has scored wins over Akinori Watanabe, Koshinmaru Saito and Riku Nagahama already this year, and will know that a win over Ratchasi will help complete an amazing year.
Although relatively unknown outside of Asia Ratchasi is becoming a thorn in the side of Japanese boxing. In his last 3 fights he has beaten Corba Suwa, for the WBC Asian Boxing Council, Yutaka Oishi, for the OPBF title, and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine, who retired following his July loss to the Thai.
Although yet to be confirmed we are hopeful that the bout will be featured on a Japanese pay service.
(Image courtesy of World Sport Boxing)
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