Last August we saw Takuya Mizuno (13-1-1, 11) [水野拓哉] claim the Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title as he over-came Ryota Ishida with a split decision. In December he made his first defense of the title, as he narrowly over-came Yuki Iriguchi. Now we know that Mizuno will return to the ring on March 25th for his second defense, as he faces off with Daiki Maniwa (6-1-1, 4).
Mizuno looked destructive early in his career, as he raced out to an 11-1 (11) record but his last 2 bouts have both gone the distance and he has struggled in both of them, as his raw power has been negated by the skills of his opponents. Here he will be looking to get back to his explosive best, but will know that fighters will now be wondering if he is actually a big puncher, or just a well matched fighters.
Maniwa comes into this bout as a genuine unknown. He's 20 years old and is on a 6 fight winning run, following a 0-1-1 start, but really hasn't fought anyone of any note and in all honesty his best win is probably his narrow win over Yu Konomura from back in November. Although on a solid run on paper it's hard to know much at all about Maniwa, given the level of his competition so far.
The bout will headline Super Fight 55 at the Aioi Hall in Kariya, Aichi
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