Tomorrow fans in Tokyo get the chance to see former world title challenger Yuzo Kiyota (28-4-1, 26) defend his OPBF title against Indonesian challenger Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-15-2, 14). Today, ahead of that bout, the two men weighed in for the contest.
At the moment we've not received the official weights for the two men, though we have been assured that both of the heavy handed fighters have made weight and that the bout will go ahead as a title fight.
For Sigarlaki, a a 26 year old puncher, this is the biggest opportunity of his career. He is however up against a more proven fighter, he is also away from home and is giving up around 5" in height, as well as significant natural size. He does, however, come in to the bout as a man with no pressure on his shoulders, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
For Kiyota the bout is regarded as yet another joke defense, following two other defenses of questionable nature. He has everything to lose, including his title and a world ranking, a loss however would be a huge shock.
Kiyota defends against Sigarlaki in a foregone conclusion?
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Earlier today we were informed of a newly announced OPBF Super Middleweight title fight, set for December 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
The announcement was that defending champion, and former world title challenger, Yuzo Kiyota (28-4-1, 26) would be putting his title on the line against Indonesian fighter Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-15-2, 14), who is brilliantly known as "The King Killer".
Whilst the challenger boasts an imposing nick name, and on paper decent power, he really is just another disappointing opponent for Kiyota who will be expected to record his third defense in the last 12 months or so.
The heavy handed champion was last seen in the ring beating Kajornsak Sithsaithong in July and prior to that had beaten Abhay Chand, last December. Sadly both of those bouts were less than enthralling on paper and it seems to be the same here with OPBF doing little to force a mandatory challenger on Kiyota and instead accepting these farcical match ups.
For those who may recognise the challenger's name, he faced Akio Shibata earlier this year, and was stopped in 4 rounds in a bout he took at late notice after Shibata's original opponent, Yasuyuki Akiyama, was forced to pull out. That has been Sigarlaki's only Japanese bout and showed that he wasn't at the OPBF level, meaning that this really should be a very easy win for the champion.
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