Beppu is hunting a record for the longest KO run in Japanese boxing history, but has seen his competition being criticised with bouts against a string of limited Thai and Indonesian foes. His record would be boosted, massively, if he was to defeat Bellamy, who has been in the world rankings and is an established and high quality fighter. If he was to stop Bellamy however then few would criticise his ability and promise.
For Bellamy this is a chance to reestablish himself on the Japanese scene after some recent inactivity. He has fought only once this year and only fought once in 2015, with a combined 14 rounds since the start of 2015. That won't chance until the two men face on, on January 13th 2017, with the bout acting as the main event of a show at the Korakuen Hall.
Whilst the rest of the card hasn't yet been announced this main event is certainly an intriguing match up and the winner will almost certainly move onto a title fight in mid to late 2017.
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