Watanabe, who lost a close decision to Jaesung Lee back in March, will be facing off against Thailand's Yodpichai Sithsaithong (10-11, 4) in a fight in Wonju.
Unlike Watanabe's last fight in South Korea's there is an immediate reward for winning and the winner will be the #1 contender for an IBF Asia title fight later this year. Whilst it may not seem like a great reward the IBF Asia title has generally granted the owner an IBF world title ranking, and often a high one.
Although he is only ranked #5 by the JBC Watanabe will be expected to make like work of his Thai opponent who has won just 1 of his last 6. Although Yodpichai has faced stiff competition, including Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Jonathan Taconing, Ryo Miyazaki and Rex Tso, we still cannot see him getting past the promising Watanabe
(Image, of Watanabe, courtesy of boxrec.com)