Last week Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (29-9-2, 18) [久田 哲也] announced that he would be making his second defense of the title on November 17th at the EDION Arena Osaka. Since that announcement, which he made on his personal blog, the details of the bout have emerged.
The champion, who won the title ealier this year when he defeat Kenichi Horikawa, will be defending his title against Ioka gym prospect Takeru Kamikubo (13-2, 8) [上久保タケル], who was once tipped for big things before having a slight career crises. The bout will be the main event of the upcoming "Fighting Beat Boxing" show, and will be promoted by Harada Boxing, who promote Hisada.
The champion, who is ranked by all 4 world title bodies, is 32 years old and although his record isn't the most impressive on paper he is riding an 8 fight unbeaten run, including wins over Shun Kosaka, Hayato Yamaguchi, Horikawa and former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani. Although his record does have 9 losses on it many of those have come when Hisada was fighting at Flyweight, and he's actually lost twice at 108lbs or below, with one loss coming to current world champion Ryoichi Taguchi and the other being a loss to Horikawa, which has since been avenged.
Aged 21 the challenger is regarded as a credible threat. He began his career in 2014 and reeled off 8 straight wins before suffering back to back stoppage losses to Atsushi Aburada and Toshimasa Ouchi. Since then he has rebuilt with 5 straight wins, including a notable victory over Takahiro Murai last December. On paper he will be the under-dog, and is stepping up in class, but will know that his team believe he has the skills to take home the title, and become the next champion from the Ioka gym. He will, however, have to prove he has learned from his losses if he is to over-come the determined, and under-rated, champion.
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