Back in September we saw former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] announce that he would be returning to the ring on December 1st. The return sees him fighting for the first time since losing the IBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa back in September 20177.
Now we have confirmation of who Oguni will be fighting on his ring return, and that will be Indonesian foe Arega Yunian (6-11, 1), who is 0-4 in Japan, having lost to the likes of Ryo Matsumoto and Hinata Maruta in previous visits to the Land of the Rising Sun.
This isn't likely to be a tough test for Oguni, but will be a chance for him to shake some ring rust before pursuing more significant fights in 2019, with the hope being that he could end up fighting for a world title by the end of next year.
Earlier today Thai sources reported that former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (44-14-5, 31) would be returning to the ring on November 24th in Cancun, Mexico, as the next opponent of Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3, 25).
The bout is supposed to be a tune up for Estrada ahead of a rematch with WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, with the two expected to fight early next year.
For Jaro, who actually beat Thai icon Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for the WBC Flyweight title back in 2012, this will be his first bout since beating Dondon Narvaez back in February in a bout fought around the Bantamweight division. As for Estrada the bout will be his first since since being given an unexpected test by Felipe Orucuta on the latest Superfly card.
For Jaro this will be his first bout in Mexico since since losing to Oscar Ibarra back in 2010 whilst Estrada returns to a Mexican ring for the first time since beating Anuar Salas in March 2017.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fight fans had the chance to see Chie Higano (7-7-1, 2) [日向野知恵] battle against Yumi Narita (3-2-3, 1) [成田佑美] in a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout, for the vacant title.
The bout matched the top two ranked domestic contenders and their were even through out, with very little to split them.
Narita was the slightly more precise puncher but Higano really applied the pressure and dragged Narita into a messy fight for a few rounds. It left the bout being incredibly hard to score with neither fighter clearly defining themselves as the winner. Instead what seemed to happen was that one fighter would do just enough to win a round before the fighter seemed to do enough.
The judges struggled to split the fighters, with Higano winning on one card, 58-57, Narita winning 58-56 on one card whilst the third had the bout 57-57.
It seems, from comments made after the fight, that a rematch could take place and neither woman seemed happy at the draw.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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