A week ago we reported Yuzo Kiyota (27-4-1, 25) was heavily rumoured to be defending his OPBF Super Middleweight title against Thailand's Kajornsak Sithsaithong (7-5, 7) on July 7th. Today that bout was confirmed with Kajornsak indeed being announced as the opponent.
Sadly the bout is, as we suspected, a bit of a farce though with few regional contenders happy to face Kiyota his options have been limited to scratching around for any challenger that the OPBF are willing to allow, as shown last year when he faced Abhay Chand.
This bout will be the main of the card and it's hoped that a win here will help Kiyota move a step towards getting a second world title fight. He would, clearly be the under-dog against any current champion but will know that a win would put him in the record books as Japan's world champion above 160lbs, a place in history that he will really being his best to chase.
As for Kajornsak, footage of him shows a very poor and limited challenger who really shouldn't give Kiyota any real problems. It's a shame a more notable challenger couldn't be convinced to face the heavy handed Japanese fighter for the title. There are good Australian fighters out there but they all seem to be willing to over look the OPBF belt, sadly.
Yuzo Kiyota's upcoming opponent for OPBF title defense rumoured to be Kajornsak Sithsaithong!
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