Last week we saw two WBO Asia Pacific bouts being announced for September 14th and, at the time, it seemed they were going to begin the rise of the title. Amazingly however we now know that the first WBO Asia Pacific title fight in Japan will actually take place a day earlier and be for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title.
The bout in question will see Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (24-6-1, 11) [近藤 明広] take on Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1,9) at the Korakuen Hall on September 13th, on a card set to be aired over pay system A-Sign.
For Kondo it will see him engage in his first title bout since March 2012, when he lost in a Japanese Lightweight title bout against Yoshitaka Kato. Despite that break away from title level action he will be favoured and has started to generate some career momentum with 4 straight wins in the last 15 months, including a victory over the experienced Patomsuk Pathompothong and the unbeaten Shogo Yamaguchi. As for Arienza it will be his second successive title bout, following a win in July for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. Interestingly the bout will be his third bout in Japan, following losses to Masayuki Ito and to Daishi Nagata.
In a supporting bout on the card Kosuke Saka (13-3, 10) [坂晃典] will face off against Takafumi Nakajima (25-8-1, 10) [中嶋孝文] in a really good domestic match up.
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