In Osaka today fans had a real treat with several notable names in action, one of which was former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (25-7, 12) [ 川口裕], who easily saw off Thai visitor Eakkitti Mor KrungthepThomburee (0-1) in just 2 rounds.
The bout was a mismatch from the second it was made, however it was a mismatch with a purpose.
The purpose of the bout was to allow Kawaguchi to shake some ring rust as he's been out of the ring since December, and is looking to head into a big bout in the summer.
The ring rust was shaken successfully, with Kawaguchi shaking it quickly, and now his focus appears to be on a Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (24-7, 13) [益田健太郎], with Kawaguchi seemingly having a bout with Masuda now sorted for the summer.
The bout between the two will see Kawaguchi seeking revenge for a a technical decision loss to Masuda back in April 2014, for the then vacant Japanese title. Since that loss Kawaguchi has gone on to win, and lose, the OPBF Bantamweight crown in bouts with Takahuiro Yamamoto, whilst Masuda has gone on to lose, to Shohei Omori, and then reclaim, by stopping Hiroshi Tanaka, the Japanese title.
Although a date hasn't been secured for the bout it does seem both parties are ready to get the bout made and we could hear an announcement in the coming weeks in regards to a date for the rematch between the two men
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