We've known for a while that OPBF Super Middleweight champion Yuzo Kiyota (27-4-1, 25) would be defending his title on July 7th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. What we hadn't known is who he had been facing, though we had ruled out all the top contenders from Australia who seem to have shown no interest in facing the heavy handed Kiyota.
Sadly, given that the top contenders were all out of the running, it was clear that Kiyota would be defending his title against a poor opponent, what we didn't expect was an opponent as poor as the one we've been told has been lined up for the former world title challenger.
From what we understand Kiyota will be facing 20 year old Thai Kajornsak Sithsaithong (7-5, 7), a man who has lost his last 2 bouts and is winless in almost a year. More tellingly Kajornsak has yet to beat a fighter with a win, with his 7 victories coming against foes with a 0-1 record.
This is set to be Kiyota's second defense of his current reign as champion and comes 7 months after a poor defense against Fiji's Abhay Chand, who was stopped in 5 rounds. Despite holding the title since December 2013 it seems no one in the Orient wants to take on Kiyota and claim the crown which has essentially left us with these terrible match ups. It's a shame that we've not seen Kiyota face someone like Jake Carr or Zac Dunn though hopefully a fight between one of those two Aussies can be organised sooner rather than later.
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