Earlier today we were informed that Yuzo Kiyota (27-4-1, 25) will be returning to the ring on July 7th to defend his OPBF Super Middleweight title on a Flash Akbane show at the Korakuen Hall.
Kiyota, who is currently #14 with the WBO, is enjoying his second reign as the champion. He claimed the title in December 201 3and has since defended the belt once, stopping Abhay Chand last December. Unfortunately however he has struggled to get interesting opponents and has had to have a couple of non title fights just to stay busy.
Whilst it would be nice to see Kiyota face one of the notable Australian contenders, such as Jake Carr or Zac Dunn, we're expecting to be left feeling under-whelmed and would expect Kiyota to face a weak challenger who has been happy to make up the numbers, a lot like Chand did. It's understandably frustrating for the heavy handed Japanese fighter but unfortunately it seems to be the difficult position he is stuck with.
At the moment no other details regarding the card have been released though we're not expecting anything too special on the show, unfortunately
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