Earlier today we were informed of a newly announced OPBF Super Middleweight title fight, set for December 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
The announcement was that defending champion, and former world title challenger, Yuzo Kiyota (28-4-1, 26) would be putting his title on the line against Indonesian fighter Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-15-2, 14), who is brilliantly known as "The King Killer".
Whilst the challenger boasts an imposing nick name, and on paper decent power, he really is just another disappointing opponent for Kiyota who will be expected to record his third defense in the last 12 months or so.
The heavy handed champion was last seen in the ring beating Kajornsak Sithsaithong in July and prior to that had beaten Abhay Chand, last December. Sadly both of those bouts were less than enthralling on paper and it seems to be the same here with OPBF doing little to force a mandatory challenger on Kiyota and instead accepting these farcical match ups.
For those who may recognise the challenger's name, he faced Akio Shibata earlier this year, and was stopped in 4 rounds in a bout he took at late notice after Shibata's original opponent, Yasuyuki Akiyama, was forced to pull out. That has been Sigarlaki's only Japanese bout and showed that he wasn't at the OPBF level, meaning that this really should be a very easy win for the champion.
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