Tomorrow fans in Kobe get 4 OPBF title bouts, and the best of those appears to be a Bantamweight title clash as heavy handed champion Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4, 15) [山本 隆寛] battled hardened Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10).
On the scales both men came in at 117¾lbs, well under the limit, and both looked in incredible shape for a bout that really should provide fireworks and excitement for the fans at the venue.
For Yamamoto the bout will serve as his 3rd defense of the title, and a win could open doors for a 2017 world title bout. Although currently world ranked he would likely need to win an eliminator next year to be given a shot, but a win over Yap would certainly help him prepare for a bout at that level.
As for Yap, who has been on a good run over the last 18 months or so, the bout is a huge opportunity to claim a title. Despite being a bit of a young veteran Yap has amazingly never fought for a a belt, though has mixed has mixed with 4 men who have fought for world title, beating 2 and losing to the other 2. With his position in the sport firmly set as a gatekeeper for now.
Yamamoto takes on Yap in OPBF title bout
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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