We've had a few announcements today though arguably the most exciting was one regarding a match up between two young and promising young fighters who have agreed to face off on August 5th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The bout is unlikely to elicit major interest in the West but it's one of those match ups that should have local fans genuinely licking their lips.
The match up pits once beaten Japanese puncher Tsuyoshi Tameda (11-1-2, 9) up against talented and fast rising Filipino Mark Bernaldez (15-0, 10). There's no title up for grabs but the winner will have notched the most notable victory of their career so far, and will have "proven" themselves as a serious "one to watch".
Tokyo's very own Tameda is a 21 year old who is viewed as the hope of the Yonekura gym. He began his career in 2011 and won his first 4 bouts before suffering a split decision draw to Masayuki Ito, and regular fans of the site will know how highly we rate Ito. The draw with Ito was then followed by a majority draw against Joji Senba, in the East Japan Rookie of the Year final. Since his sole loss Tameda has gone 7-0-1 (6) with his only mark coming via a technical draw with Jimmy Paypa in May 2014. Although not the most polished fighter Tameda is strong and powerful and appears to be improving with every fight.
Bernaldez, a 23 year old from Cebu City, has long been considered as a prospect with real potential, though hasn't really turned that ability into notable results as of yet. The talented Filipino is unbeaten through his career, which also began in 2011, though his most notable wins to date have come against the likes of JR Mendoza, Marvin Tampus and Cristian Abila, domestic journeyman. This is a big step up in class for the Filipino but a win really would move him towards an OPBF title fight later in the year and help him move to more testing match ups in the near future.
At the moment no other details regarding this card have been released, though this really is a brilliant main event to the show an hopefully we'll get a solid under-card to help support it.
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