Late last week it was announced that former Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (21-7, 11) would be making his ring return on September 17th, as he fights for the first time since losing his national title to the much touted Shohei Omori back in April. Masuda will be facing an interesting challenge in the form of Wataru Miyasaka (9-3-1, 2), who gave the promising Hikaru Marguame a solid test earlier in the year.
On paper Masuda comes into the bout as the clear favourite given his resume and achievements however the former champion hasn't looked great in his last two bouts. There is, of course, the loss to Omori as well as a very tough and draining contest with Tatsuya Takahashi back in December. Those bouts will both have taken a lot out of the 32 year old who has already had a long, and very interesting, career.
Whilst Miyasaka hasn't achieved a lot in the professional ranks he is a 26 year old who is developing into a very solid domestic level fighter and he is also a naturally bigger man to Masuda, having fought regularly at Super Bantamweight. Notably he has never been stopped and could well pose a very tough task for Masuda.
For those who have missed Masuda's last two bouts we've included them below.
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