Earlier today Taisei gym held a press conference for their next big show, "Sanda to the World 7", which will take place May 8th at the Bunka Center, Sanda, Hyogo.
The press conference was expected, after several members of the gym confirmed it last week, but what wasn't expected was the main event announcement which was eye opening to say the least.
That main event will see Japanese teenager Riku Kano (9-1-1, 5) step up significantly in class to face former WBO Minimumweight world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-2-1, 12). The bout, which has been stated as being either an "interim" OPBF Minimumweight title bout or a "vacant" OPBF Minimumweight title, will see Kano taking a huge step towards his goal of setting the Japanese record for the youngest world champion.
At the moment the title status of the bout depends on the next move of Xiong Zhao Zhong, but it seems that he's set to vacate, which would see the full version of the title being put on the line here. If he doesn't then the winner will be mandated to face the Chinese fighter, himself a former world champion.
The bout will see Kano attempt to build on last year's big win against Pigmy Kokietgym, so far his best win, whilst Sabillo will be looking to record a third successive win, though he is 2-2-1 in his last 5 including two stoppage losses.
Whilst Kano's bout was the attention grabbing, headline making contest, it wasn't the only bout announced at the press conference.
Other bouts announced for the card include Japanese Featherweight contender Hikaru Matsuoka (10-3-3, 1) [松岡 輝] facing off against Monkey Shuhei (5-7-1, 2) [モンキー修平] and Rikito Hattori (5-0, 1) [服部 力斗] battling Kenta Matsui (6-5, 1) [松井 謙太] whilst teenager Futa Akizuki (5-0, 4) [秋月 楓大] will make his Japanese debut, after fighting in Thailand so far through his career.
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