On October 12th we'll see one of those intriguing fights as former Japanese and OPBF champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-5-1, 9) battles against talented and tough Filipino Ricky Sismundo (29-8-2, 13).
Kato, who gave up the Japanese title title to try and focus on getting a world title fight, has had a disappointing 2015 filled with inactivity as he has tried to wait for a shot at a world title. That inactivity may prove to be a serious issue here though it's obvious that this is the sort of bout that Kato will enjoy, fighting against a come forward fighter who will give openings for Kato's sharp counters.
Whilst Kato has been out of the ring he has been in the gym preparing. Sadly his gym work was what lead to Hiroki Okada's thumb injury, with Okada fracturing his thumb on Kato's head.
As for Sismundo he's certainly been busy this year with 4 fights in 2015. The Japanese based Filipino is an exciting type of fighter who brings the action and whilst he's not the best technically he does have a great will to win and is better than his record suggests. That's really shown in his recent form which has seen him go 7-1-2 (5), with both draws being technical draws and his sole loss being a decision loss to OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani.
The winner of this one may find themselves moving towards a rematch with Nakatani though we suspect the winner will be hoping to get a fringe world ranking and possible world title fight, albeit as a voluntary defense for a reigning champion.