Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (21-5-3, 14) would be making his ring return on March 11th, almost 7 months after his last bout. The tough and exciting Kaneko had a 2015 to forget with back-to-back losses to Jomthong Chuwatana, in an OPBF title fight in January, and to Masao Nakamura, in one of the best fights of 2015.
Those losses last year killed what was left of Kaneko's momentum following his impressive 2013 showing against Takashi Uchiyama, a showing that saw Kaneko drop Uchiyama en route to "KO Dynamite's" hardest world title defense.
On March 11th Kaneko's opponent will be Kazuya Soma (7-8-2, 6) in a bout at 140lbs. Comin in to this one Soma has lost his last 3 bouts, including a stoppage to Japanese "interim" Light Welterweight champion Masanobu Nakazawa and a decision loss to Shuhei Tsuchiya.
The bout looks like a mismatch but it seems like Kaneko is testing out new weight. He's long looked like a fighter struggling at 130lbs and a move to 135lbs, if not 140lbs, will likely help him develop into a better fighter.
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