The bout in question will see JBC #1 ranked contender Gakuya Furuhashi (17-5-1, 7) take on #4 ranked contender Yasutaka Ishimoto (25-8, 7) in what is as close good a match up as the division could give us without a title being on the line.
Of the two men Ishimoto is the better known internationally following his his shocked 2013 win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in Macau. Sadly since that big win the Japanese fighter has gone 3-2 with losses to heavy handed American Chris Avalos and the slippery Yukinori Oguni, in what was a bout for the Japanese national title. Aged 33 Ishimoto will go into this bout knowing that anything but a win could spell the end of his hopes to become a national champion, however a win would help set him up for a rematch with Oguni later in the year or early next year.
Although less well known Furuhashi is just as capable as Ishimoto and has himself has gone on a 5 fight unbeaten run, which has included a brilliant stoppage victory against Toru Suzuki and a highly competitive draw with Yukinori Oguni, in what was Oguni's first defense of the title he had won in his bout with Ishimoto. Aged 27 Furuhashi has got time on his side to rebuild if he loses though we suspect that he'll be looking for a win at all costs to try and enforce his own rematch with Oguni.
Whilst the match up is a while away we've got to admit it's a mouth watering match up and one we're genuinely excited about.