According to reports in Japan we're set to see young puncher Yuki Beppu (13-0, 13) [別府 優樹] take a major step up before the year is over. According to our sources Beppu and his team lodged an official challenge to face Japanese champion Toshio Arikawa (13-4, 11) [有川 稔男].
The unbeaten 25 year old has climbed through the ranks at an exciting pace since debuting on October 2012. His crowning achievement so far was his in 2014 when he stopped Hironobu Matsunaga to claim the Rookie of the Year crown. That win over Matsunaga was Beppu's 8th bout, and his best win to date, and since then he has racked up 5 stoppages of international opponents in a combined 10 rounds. Despite the low level of competition Beppu has received a lot of attention for his KO run which has been his key selling point so far.
Although Arikawa has 4 losses on his record he's really a late bloomer who has who has won 5 in a row, including back-to-back wins over Akionori Watanabe and Nobuyuki Shindo, to win the Strongest Korakuen last year and the Japanese this year. Since the winning the title in April he hasn't fought, though with his confidence on a career high he's a dangerous fighter.
At the moment there is no set date for the bout but Beppu's team will likely be looking at securing the match up before the year is over.
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