The Super Featherweight division is one of the most interesting in Japanese boxing right now with world class fighters, like former world champions Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura, along with contenders like Masayuki Ito and Daiki Kaneko. The depth in the country is huge, and varied with rising prospect Takuya Uehara looking to make a mark in the division in the years to come.
The next major Super Featherweight bout to feature Japanese fighters will take place this coming Saturday and see Japanese national champion Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16) take on former champion Rikki Naito (15-1, 5), in a rematch of the bout that saw Ogawa originally winning the title back in 2015.
When the two men first met Ogawa dropped Naito before securing a 5th round technical decision. That saw Naito suffer his first loss, ending a 13 fight winning streak, and saw Ogawa score an 8th straight win as he began to surge. Sadly though neither man has looked particularly good since that bout.
Ogawa, a boxer-puncher, has twice defended his title but looked poor in wins over Satoru Sugita and Kento Matsushito. He stopped both of those men in the later rounds but showed limited boxing ability and left some to wonder whether he had peaked and was now on the downside of his career. As for Naito, a speedy boxer, he has won two bouts at Lightweight, though was very fortunate against Filipino domestic fighter Argie Toquero.
At his best Ogawa is a heavy handed boxer who is strong, powerful and can steam roll opponents. Sadly we've not seen that Ogawa recently, instead we've seen Ogawa the boxer, who is a limited fighter who is very lucky to have extremely heavy hands. When he boxes he looks like a fighter who is caught between thoughts and can easily be outboxed, as Sugita did despite the judges not agreeing.
Naito on the other hand is a really solid boxer, but one who lacks power to get the respect of his opponents and has struggled against every decent fighter he has faced. That's included a tough struggle with Shingo Eto, controversial wins over Masayuki Ito and Nihito Arakawa and a loss to Ogawa. When he uses his speed he is talented, but there is question marks now about his toughness, his power and his confidence.
Whilst Ogawa can be out boxed we can't help but think he bullies Naito again here to retain his title and record his third defense. A second loss for Naito will likely end his dreams of becoming a world champion, and that sort of issue could get the best out of him here, however we still can't see him holding his own with Ogawa and the Teiken fighter's physicality and power.
We have mentioned the sub stories involved in this fight, the key one of which is the fact that this is a rematch. It was Rivera, in 2015, who took the unbeaten record of Cabalquinto in a notable domestic upset. That upset saw Rivera putting himself on the boxing map, as he iced Cabalquinto with a devastating left hook, and left Cabalquinto's career in tatters. There was some debate that a headclash lead to the KO but the ruling was that left hand did the fight ending damage in what was a wild fight. For Cabalquinto the bout is a chance to avenge that loss whilst Rivera will be hoping to prove the win wasn't a fluke.
Since their first bout Cabalquinto has struggled to get much going in terms of career momentum. he scored two wins over limited opponents earlier this year but was beaten in July in Singapore by Qudratillo Abduqaxorov. Prior to the loss to Rivera it seemed almost nailed on that Cabalquinto was just a fight or two away from a major title fight, and was likely moving towards a vacant OPBF title fight, likely with Iwabuchi.
In the ring Cabalquinto has shown some promise with nice hand speed and a fun aggressive mentality that sees him letting his hands go happily. Sadly his defense has been flawed through his career and his footwork looks very plodding, in fact at times it looks like he totally forgets to even use his feet and just lets his punches go whilst standing still. That footwork seems to limit his power and although he has a 60% KO rate he doesn't appear to be much of a puncher. His flaws haven't been a major problem against domestic level opponents on the whole, but the lack of defense did prove to be his undoing against Rivera.
As for Rivera he has gone from beating Cabalquinto back in November 2015 to becoming the Oriental champion and looking like a genuine monster in the process. Whilst the win over his countryman was his first big win his February victory over Shinya Iwabuchi was an eye opening beat down in which he bullied Iwabuchi like no one before him, and forced Iwabuchi into retirement after a 7th round TKO. That performance was nothing short of impress from Rivera who really made a statement, and likely scared off invites back to Japan for a while.
In the ring Rivera is a bully. He's an all action, aggressive machine who gets in the ring and looks for a war with his power having been the telling factor in his last 6 bouts, all stoppages in a combined 17 rounds! Interestingly however he has been stopped twice, though both of those bouts were below the Light Welterweight limit, with one of those coming on his debut back in 2011 against Jeffrey Dumaguit. Those losses could mean Rivera hasn't a great chin or, alternatively, that he was simply a kid who hadn't developed into the man he is now, or maybe even that he was weight drained.
Whilst Cabalquinto might feel the first bout was a fluke for Rivera we have been convinced by recent results that Rivera is a monster with power and a really physical style. That will again be his key here and we simply feel that his strength and power will be too much for Cabalquinto, though we would be surprised if Rivera could finish off his countryman as quickly here as he did in their first meeting.
Of all the current OPBF champions the most lucky is probably Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-5, 9), who probably should have lost his title last time out to Koshinmaru Saito, and was also relatively lucky to even win the title against Dennis Laurente last November. Although a fortunate champion Hosokawa is a fighter looking to move forward with his career and record his second defense of the title as he takes on the limited Yutaka Oishi (13-5, 7) this coming Wednesday.
At his best Hosokawa is a solid boxer, not amazing or world class but solid. He has notable wins over the likes of Randy Suico, Patomsuk Pathompothong, Tadashi Yuba and Dennis Laurente. Those wins have come from his boxing ability alone, and all have been by decision, though unfortunately they have all been struggles and have shown Hosokawa's lack of power and physicla strength. That lack of power was again seen last time out against Saito, and what was more worrying there was that Hosokawa was dropped twice before struggling to earn a draw.
Ranked #3 by the IBF Hosokawa won't just be defending his OPBF title but also defending that world ranking, and a loss here would totally destroy any chance he has of getting a long awaited world title fight. We'll be honest and admit that Hosokawa wouldn't have much of a chance against a top world class guy but he is certainly chasing a title fight before he calls an end to his career.
Whilst Hosokawa is a lucky champion it's fair to say that Oishi is a fortunate challenger, who is just 15 months removed from an upset loss to Toshihiro Kai, albeit at Middleweight. In fact Oishi has lost 2 of his last 4 bouts and has done little to earn a chance to fight for a title, with his best career wins being victories over Hisao Narita and Hiroshi Ohashi. Notably though this isn't his first title fight, with with his first being a 2014 defeat to Zac Dunn in a bout for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Middleweight title.
From the little footage of Oishi there is little there that should worry Hosokawa, and that's despite the fact that Hosokawa himself looks so beatable. One thing he perhaps does have though is power, he's not a huge puncher but if Saito can hurt, and drop, Hosokawa then Oishi does have a punchers chance here.
We might think that Hosokawa is incredibly beatable but we think he'll be too skilled for Oishi who really lacks the skills needed to land his power on Hosokawa. If Oishi can land his power shots he could give Hosokawa another scare, like Saito did.
The OPBF Middleweight title has been a strange title in recent years. The best Middleweights in the Orient and Pacific region, such as Daniel Geale, Ryota Murata and Sam Soliman, have all ignored the belt to focus on world title aspirations and it has, at times, become more of a secondary Japanese title with unification bouts between the OPBF and JBC belts happening several times in recent years. Whilst that sounds bad it has lead to things like the brilliant Makoto Fuchigami vs Koji Sato bout, from 2012, and the 2014 clash between Akio Shibata and Daisuke Nakagawa.
Earlier this year we saw Dwight Ritchie (14-0-0-4, 1) become the first non-Japanese champion since Indian born Australian based Pradeep Singh back in 2006, almost a decade earlier. Ritchie easily out boxed, out moved and out sped the rugged but limited Hikaru Nishida to claim the title but will be heading back to Japan for his first defense, taking on the big hitting Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10).
The 24 year old Ritchie is one of the rising hopes of Australian boxing and is one of the more pure boxers coming out of the country. He's not the strongest, the biggest puncher or the most dangerous but he's the sort of fighter who has bucket loads of skill, is slick, high talented and a really good pure boxer. His skills likely won't carry him to the top of the sport, unless he can add some serious power to his game, but he does have wins over the likes of Kiatchai Singwancha, Ryan Waters and Nishida with a lot of promise that he can develop into becoming a more notable figure on the international stage.
When it comes to Tyson there's a frustrating fighter in there. The 23 year old Japanese fighter is a pretty heavy handed fighter, but has shown real flaws through out his career. His debut ended in a draw, he was stopped in 3 rounds in just his 4th bout and looked like a fighter who was going to either blow opponents out, or be stopped himself. His first title bout came last year when he was easily beaten by the then JBC/OPBF champion Akio Shibata, who schooled Tyson until scoring a 7th round stoppage, and although he won the Youth title earlier this year he did little to impress last time out, fighting to a very lucky draw with Joon Yong Lee.
On paper this looks like a puncher against a boxer, and when that tends to happen the logical feeling is that the boxer will win a decision or the puncher will win by stoppage. Here however we have to favour Ritchie to actually stop Tyson, who will chipped away at round by round, and broken down in a similar way to how he was against Akio Shibata. Ritchie has proven his stamina and ability to go 12 rounds, Tyson however hasn't and has never been beyond 8 rounds, so we suspect he'll be stopped in the later rounds
The Japanese Welterweight scene isn't the most interesting or notable at the moment but that doesn't mean the division doesn't have some intrigue involved in it, with several interesting fighters rising through the ranks and numerous small stories running through the division. Over the last few years one of the most interesting stories is the rise of the heavy handed Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11), who has gone from an 8-4 (7) struggling puncher to the Japanese national champion who is set to make his first defense of the title. Another is the story of Arikawa's upcoming challenger Yasuhiro Okawa (14-12-3, 5), who turned a 9-11-3 (3) career around to get a second shot a Japanese title this year. Amazingly this will be the second time the two men have had their stories cross, with Okawa having beaten Arikawa back in 2013.
Since his loss to Okawa back in 2013 we've seen Arikawa 5-1 (4), bouncing back from a 69 second blow out to Daisuke Sakamoto to claim notable wins over Yoshihisa Tonimura, Akinori Watanabe and Nobuyuki Shindo. In those bouts Arikawa has been pretty basic, but he's also shown scary power, with every shot being a thudding, damaging shot. He's not the most skills, or the quickest but what he hits he hurts and that was seen particularly well against Shindo, where a bloodied and beaten Shindo was saved by his corner.
Whilst it's hard to say how much Arikawa has developed in recent years he is certainly a better fighter than he once was, and with the power he has he will always be able to hurt opponents. The big question however is how he copes with being hurt, and he has been stopped 3 times in his 17 fight career. This possibly suggests he's a glass cannon, like former foe Akinori Watanabe, however it could also mean that he's a much improved fighter and the title may well fill his with extra confidence.
Although not an amazing fighter Arikawa has the air of a man who feels unbeatable, and that sort of air can carry a fighter far. That is likely to be seen again here and it's going to take an excellent performance from anyone at Japanese domestic level to beat him
Okawa's win over Arikawa kick started his rise through the ranks with 4 subsequent wins leading to his first title shot, a narrow and competitive loss to Nobuyuki Shindo in a bout for the then vacant title. That was Okawa's first loss in almost 5 years and ended a 5 fight unbeaten run, that also included a win over Tomoyuki Omura.
In the ring Okawa isn't a special fighter, but he is better than his record suggests and he holds notable results on his record, like wins over Daisuke Sakamoto and Hidekazu Matsunobu, along with a draw against Hayato Hokazono, as well as the win over Arikawa. Unfortunately for Okawa he has been inconsistent, losing to fighters like Shinta Kintamura and Tomoyuki Shiotani. There is no shame in some of his losses, such as defeats to Takehiro Shimokawara, Koshinmaru Saito and Nobuyuki Shindo, but the inconsistency has been an issue until recently.
Although not the biggest puncher, or the most physically strong Okawa is a hard working fighter with good stamina and a willingness to fight up in an opponents face. It's not always done him well but he's significantly better than his record suggests and knows that he can beat Arikawa.
Although Okawa has scored a win over Arikawa, we can't help but think the champion, who had an injury earlier this year, will avenge that loss and claim his first defense whilst looking to make a mark on the wider boxing scene, possibly moving towards an OPBF title fight in 2017.
Japanese, and even Filipino fighters, rarely make a mark above Super Featherweight with only a handful of world champions above 130lbs between the two countries, who are both power houses of the lower weight classes. This coming Friday however we'll see two notable names trading blows for the OPBF Lightweight title, one of those names is a world ranked fighter looking to move towards a world title bout whilst the other is looking to gate crash the world rankings and build some international success several years after his career best win.
The fighters in question are current OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7), who is looking for his 6th defense of the title, and former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6), who is looking to become a 2-weight OPBF champion and get his career back on track after 3 losses in his last 4 bouts.
Of the two men it's certainly Nakatani with the more promise and more potential. The Ioka gym fighter is 27 years old and despite only having a 12 fight professional career he already holds notable wins over the likes of Shuhei Tsuchiya, Yoshitaka Kato and Ricky Sismundo, 3 really good wins. Sadly however since beating Sismundo we've seen Nakatani's career has stagnate with 4 domestic level bouts dressed by as OPBF title bouts.
In the ring Nakatani is a freakish Lightweight, stood just shy of 6” and with freakishly long arms. Those dimensions of Nakatani make him a nightmare to outbox, and he is an exceptional boxer at range, using his size brilliantly well. As well as fighting at range Nakatani can also fight on the inside, and his win against Tsuchiya saw him using body uppercuts with remarkable success.
Not only is Nakatani really promising but he's also spent a lot of time in the gym with world class fighters, like Kazuto Ioka and Sho Ishida, developing skills that many 12 fight professionals won't have.
Tanada is younger than Nakatani but some have written him off as damaged goods. At his best he was a handful and he holds notable wins over Richard Pumicpic, Jose Ocampo and most importantly Rikiya Fukuhara, who he beat in 3 rounds for the OPBF Super Featherweight title. Unfortunately since beating Fukuhara back in September 2010 he has gone 4-5-3 (1) suffering losses to Masao Nakamura, Gamalier Rodriguez, Sonny Katiandagho, Soslan Tedeev and former Nakatani foe Accel Sumiyoshi. He's also unfortunately fighting in weight classes that sees him as the smaller fighter, and he'll be a very diminutive fighter against Nakatani.
In the ring Tanada is a fighter who has more sting on his shots than his record suggests, he's also proven to be tough with only a single stoppage against his name. He's a smart puncher, with good timing, but unfortunately he's a fighter who is fighting well outside of his best weight classes, he's a fighter who is travelling for fights and at times can be found to be a bit lazy. If he puts his stuff together he could really trouble Nakatani, but the reality is that he'll never quite into the fight, he'll not put things together and will instead be found wanting at the end of Nakatani's jab.
Whilst we know Tanada is better than his record suggests we also think he's a fight who peaked at a young age and is now heading downwards, and quickly, picking up paydays on the way down. This is likely to be a payday, but a painful one with Nakatani being too big, too heavy handed and simply too good for anyone who isn't at the top of their game. With that in mind we see Nakatani easily retaining his title, and probably stopping Tanada in the later rounds, with a steady stream of clean blows from the under-rated champion. If he wins, as expected, we suspect he'll look to move through the world rankings in 2017 and build towards a world title fight towards the end of the year.
If there is one divisions that is looking amazingly deep in Asia at the moment it's the Super Bantamweight division with notable fighters from all across the region, such as world champions, like Hozumi Hasegawa to world ranked contenders like Shingo Wake, Yukinori Oguni, Ryosuke Iwasa, Qiu Xiao Jun, Yasutaka Ishimoto, Genesis Servania, Ye Joon Kim and recently deposed champion Nonito Donaire. With so much depth in the region it may well be the weight class that really comes to the fore in 2017.
Given the depth it does seem a lot of fighters are all lining up to get a shot at a world title and taking small steps to get there. One such fighter is OPBF Shun Kubo (10-0, 7) who returns to the ring this coming Friday to defend his title, for the second time. In the opposite corner to Kubo will be little known Korean Jin Wook Lim (8-4-5, 2).
Kubo has been long ear marked as one of the rising stars of the Shinsei gym. That was clear in his third fight, when he beaten experienced Filipino Monico Laurente, and again in 2014 when he beat Luis May to first claim a world ranking. He wasn't on the hyper-speed track to the top, like Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka, but he was clearly on a faster track than many others. That was again shown at the end of 2015 when he claimed the OPBF Bantamweight title with a 5th round TKO win over Lloyd Jardeliza. Sadly his rise sort of slowed after that win, with his only subsequent bout being a narrow decision win over Benjie Suganob back in May, with that performance leaving some to question whether he was ready for a bigger step up.
Given Kubo's competitive encounter with Suganob it was no surprise to see his team look to him to make another “safe” defense of the OPBF title, rather than move through the world rankings and that's why we have his upcoming bout with Lim.
In the ring Kubo is a rather peculiar fighter. He has skills, speed and power, and fighters from a southpaw stance, a stance that is made doubly infuriating or opponents due to just how awkward and unique his actual stance is. Not only is he awkward but he's a talented fighter, with an air of confidence and a strong team behind him, with a clear mentor in the form of 3-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa who is also a member of the Shinsei Gym.
On paper the Korean visitor looks really limited, in fact with just 8 wins from 17 bouts he has a sub 50% rate and only has a 12% stoppage rate. Poor numbers by any measure for a title level fight. He has however had a long time to prepare for this bout, with Korean sources reporting it as a done deal weeks before the Japanese had, and he's also not been easily matched facing a variety of Ket Korean fighters in and around the Bantamweight division. That has seen him claim a win over Sa Myung Noh and fight to a draw with Ye Joon Kim. He has also gone 10 rounds in a somewhat competitive loss to Shohei Kawashima, who impressed recently against Cristian Mijares. Sadly though he is 0-1-2 against Japanese fighters.
Given the lack of stoppages on his record it will come as no surprise to hear that Lim is the type of fighter who rarely sits on his punches. Instead he likes to use the ring, move a lot and use his speed of hand and foot. He's relatively basic in regards to what he does in the ring but he's fast enough to use his jab and move out of range. There is potentially a good boxer here, and one who looks comfortable in the ring, but his total lack of power is a problem and the way he was out boxed by Shohei Kawashima does suggest that against good fighters he's going to come up short.
Although we've got a lot of questions to ask about Kubo he shouldn't really struggle too much with Lim, though there is a chance he will look bad at times chasing the Korean moved around the ring and being countered at times by the shorter man.
In recent years Bantamweight has been one of the most intriguing divisions in Asia. We've not only had fighters like Shinsuke Yamanaka, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Tomoki Kameda and Marlon Tapales all holding world titles but we've also had great fights, like Pungluang Vs Tapales and the rematch between Yamanaka and Anselmo Moreno as well as the brilliant wars between Kentaro Masuda and Tatsuya Takahashi and Takahiro Yamanoto and Yu Kawaguchi.
We'll have another potential Bantamweight thriller this coming Friday as Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4, 15) looks to defend his OPBF Bantamweight title against Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (24-12, 10). On paper it looks like a mismatch, in favour of the champion, but the likelihood is that we'll end up with a very special and exciting fight between two men with different styles but the same never say die mentality.
Of the two men the champion is, of course, favoured here. He's got the much better record on paper, he's the puncher and he's a guy who is coming into this bout with a world ranking. The 25 year old Ioka gym fighter will be seeking a 4th defense of his title and will be hoping to move towards a world title fighter, potentially as early as 2017.
In the ring Yamamoto is an aggressive, heavy handed, tough guy with a boxer-puncher's skill set. He was wild early in his career but has tamed that wildness recently as he's developed his boxing skills, whilst maintaining his heavy handed blows. That power has helped him go 9-1 (9) in his last 10 bouts, with wins over Yu Kawaguchi, Yuki Strong Kobayashi and Rex Wao in his last 3 bouts. With the win over Kawaguchi he has avenged his only defeat in the last 5 years! In fact it's worth noting that his other 3 losses came during a 4 fight run where he went 1-3.
Aged 27 Yap is a fighter in his prime years and he's also a bit of a young veteran having been a professional for close to 10 years. Not only is he a veteran but he's a battle tested one who has developed from his losses becoming a really solid fighter a million miles removed from the man who was stopped in 3 rounds by Jessie Albaracin. Not only has he improved but he's also on a very under-rated 5 fight winning streak, which includes wins over the then unbeaten Tatsuya Ikemizu and two wins over former world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka.
Yap is technically solid, tough and has a proven engine, having gone into the tenth round on 10 occasions in his career. Whilst he's yet to do 12 rounds there no reason to doubt he'll be able to do the extra 6 minutes, and he has actually done 10 at a decent pace in the past, rather than a lazy slow paced 10 rounder. In many ways he's the top of guy who should have a much better record and should be regarded as a genuine OPBF level contender, rather than a massive under-dog for a bout like this.
We're expecting this to be a genuinely competitive bout, and a fun to watch one with both men showing what they have in their locker. For Yap that will be his skills, his ability to box and smother, and his toughness. For Yamamoto his key will be his power, his aggression and his ability to force the pace. We're expecting this to be competitive, have some back and forth and see both men answering some key questions. In the end though we think the champion will just be able to chip away enough at Yap to score a late stoppage, but not without needing to work very hard for the win.
Whilst fans outside of Asia may not follow it too much the Minimumweight division has been one of the most interesting in recent years with top fighters facing off in bouts like the unification contest between Katsunari Takayama and Francisco Rodriguez Jr, the WBA unification bout between Knockout CP Freshmart Vs Byron Rojas and the WBC mandatory title bout between Wanheng Menayothin Vs Saul Jaurez. Whilst only one of them was a unification bout all of them featured top 5 guys facing off in really good bouts.
It's not only had great world title bouts but also has promising fighters breaking through the ranks and enough veterans for the novices to really test themselves against. That's going to be seen this coming Friday as Japanese youngster Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) takes on former world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12) in a bout for the OPBF title.
Aged 21 Yamanaka is one of a rising number of Japanese youngsters looking to carve out a place at 105lbs, along with the likes of Riku Kano, Hiroto Kyoguchi, Reiya Konishi, Tsubasa Koura and Masataka Taniguchi. Despite his age he's a 4 year professional who is at the well regarded Shinsei Gym and has rebuilt wonderfully after a 142 second loss to Kenta Shimizu in April 2013. Although he's rebuilt well, winning 7 of his 8 bouts, there is still a lot that he needs to prove if he's to become a major force on the world scene.
Coming in to this bout Yamanaka has won his last 5 bouts, though the competition hans't been geat with his most notable victory being a decision over Ronelle Ferreras. Unfortunately though his losses really stand out, with the opening round stoppage to Shimizu, who was 2-3-1 entering that bout, and a decision loss to Roque Lauro, who was 10-16-4 entering their bout. Whilst he has certainly improved from those defeats questions are to be asked about just how much improvement has been made by him. Worrying, given his competition, he holds several world rankings and there is talk of him potentially getting a world title fight in 2017.
Whilst the Japanese fighter is seen as an emerging hopeful the same cannot be said of Sabillo, who some feel is actually on the final stages of his career, despite only being 32 years old. The Filipino is being written off as a shot fight due to a 2-3-1 run in his last 6, however things aren't as simple as the numbers may suggest and the former WBO world champion isn't yet proven to be “washed up”. His during during that 2-3-1 run came to the brilliant Carlos Buitrago, in a bout many felt he deserved to lose, the first of the losses came to Francisco Rodriguez Jr who later proved his value in unifying the WBO and IBF titles, the second loss was a freak stoppage loss to Ellias Nggenggo whilst the third was a decision loss to Riku Kano. He might be done, but we can't say for sure.
At his best Sabillo was a fighter with respectable power, a crude but offensive style and although nothing outstanding he was a handful, as seen in his win over Luis de la Rosa. Sadly though it's hard to say how good he really is as so many of his bouts have been at Filipino domestic level or against top drawer opponents, like Buitrago and Rodriguez Jr. There are very few fringe contenders on Sabillo's record for us to know just how good he is, despite 29 career bouts.
On paper the bout is supposed to be the next step on the ladder for Yamanaka, as he moves towards a world title bout, but the reality is that this is much more of a cross roads bout. Yamanaka is certainly stepping up, and a win would be the best of his career, but Sabillo isn't a pushover and is looking to give fire to a career that is currently dwindling away. Unfortunately for Yamanaka there is nothing to suggest he's ready to face a guy like Sabillo, and we're thinking the visitor comes out with the win here to claim the OPBF title, and actually become a 2-time OPBF champion.
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