Kimura, who won the belt in February when he took a razor thin decision over Kenichi Horikawa, will fighting against against former national title challenger Yuki Chinen (14-1, 7) whose only loss came in his previous title fight against Ryoichi Taguchi.
Interestingly Taguchi has actually beaten both the champion and challenger in recent years, though of course lost his title to Naoya Inoue last year when Inoue got a chance to prove he was as good as touted. The results against Taguchi saw Kimura being stopped whilst Chinen was widely out pointed suggesting that neither man could really beat Taguchi though together they may make for an interesting match up.
At the moment Chinen is the #3 ranked Light Flyweight according to the JBC though the #13 ranked #13 ranked fighter according to the WBO. Similarly Kimura is also ranked by the WBO holding a #15 position with that title awarding body. This bout would surely see the winner being bumped up the WBO rankings and in fact they'll be very interested in the upcoming bout between Filipino Donnie Nietes and Mexico's Moises Fuentes. The winner of that bout could well be a potential opponent for this winner of this one.
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