In the opposite corner to the tough and exciting Kato will be the big punching Tsukasa Saito (19-2, 14) who will be looking to score his most notable win to date and claim his second professional title, having previously been a WBC Youth champion.
Although the men are very different they do each share some trains, notably the excitement they bring to the ring. In Saito's case it's from his power and slight recklessness whilst with Kato the excitement comes from his toughness and his willingness to get into a war despite lacking single punch power. With that in mind the two men seem almost certain to deliver a thriller as they clash in the ring.
Kato is, by far, the more proven man having been a unified Japanese and OPBF champion, prior to losing the OPBF title to Masayoshi Nakatani, and having shared the ring with a relative who's who of Japanese opponents including Nihito Arakawa and Akihiro Honda, who fight in the main event on the same show, Shoji Kawase, Yuhei Suzuki, Motoko Sasaki and the aforementioned Nakatani. In his 33 fight career he has only been stopped once and has tested himself against the best Japan has to offer, often giving a fantastic account of himself.
As for Saito his competition has been much less testing though at just 24 years old he is younger, fresher, less damaged and slightly taller than Kato which could well neutralise the clear disadvantage in lack of experience.
Of the two men we're expecting Kato to be the more comfortable in the ring come fight night. He has proven that he enjoys fighting "punchers" and that they don't intimidate him, in fact if anything he shown an innate ability to turn their aggression back on them with clever counter-punching and timing. We're expecting to see him do just that on Saito who will come out, like so many others, with the intention of taking Kato out but finding him to be a very stubborn foe. The more Saito tries the more he'll get hit before eventually being broken down in the middle-to-late rounds. If the bout goes as we think it will we wouldn't be shocked to see Kato scoring a second successive 7th round TKO.
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