Kimura, who won the Japanese title earlier this year with a victory over Kenichi Horikawa and then defended it against Yuki Chinen, is currently world ranked in the top 15 by the IBF, WBC and WBO and would appear to be targeting a world title fight in his next few contests. Though it he can't secure one of those the odds are that he will focus on getting an OPBF title fight, after all he is the top ranked contender there and a fight with Jonathan Taconing would likely be easy to make.
Although unknown on the international stage Kimura has recently become one of Japan's more promising fighters, despite his advanced age. Aged 30 he's in the form of his career and has strung together 5 successive victories, putting a TKO loss to Ryoichi Taguchi well behind him. He appears to believe in his skills now and appears to have the confidence to mention top fighters that he would like to face. It may seem odd that this confidence is coming when he's 30 years old but some fighters do mature at an older age, look no further than Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda for proof of that.
Rumoured to return to the ring this coming fall Kimura is likely to need to wait until 2015 before getting his chance to step up, but as he's already put word out there it's likely Teiken will act sooner rather than later.
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