Oguni, who won the title last December with a razor close win over Yasutaka Ishimoto, made the first of his belt earlier this year with a draw against Gakuya Furuhashi. Although a very talented fighter, and a former OPBF champion, questions have been asked about his long term potential with his career seemingly plateauing in recent times. At his best he's a slippery, sharp jab and move fighter though in recent times he's been slower and tagged more than he was in the early stages of his career. It does seem that since his loss, to Shingo Wake, he has lost a step.
For the challenger this will be his first title fight though he has mixed with good company suffereing losses tp Akihiko Katagiri, Masayuki Ito and Yukinori Hisanaga whilst notching wins against Eita Kikuchi and Seizo Kono. Although not the most skilled fighter he does have vicious power and his last 6 wins have come by stoppage. If he can take Oguni then things could become very interesting.
The plan for this show, which will take place at the Korakuen Hall, is to also feature Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (22-1, 7) in what would be a double title show. Takayama however hasn't had his bout sorted as of yet.
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