Japanese Super Flyweight Yohei Tobe (8-2-1, 5) had an interesting 2014. He began the year by winning the Japanese Super Flyweight title with a 9th round TKO win over Taiki Eto in a brilliant performance in April and then narrowly lost the title to Sho Ishida in August in a really fantastic match that brought the best from both men.
Since the Ishida loss the news went quiet regarding the future plans of Tobe. Thankfully today we saw the silence break and heard some positive about Tobe's future.
The news is that Tobe hasn't retired and will instead make his return to the ring in August, around a year after his loss to Ishida. At the moment the specifics aren't particularly set in stone, so there is no set date, venue or opponent, though it's likely that he will be fighting at the Korakuen Hall and will hopefully be wanting to return with a bang by fighting a notable opponent.
Although 27 years old Tobe hasn't had a hard career and we wouldn't be shocked in the slightest to see him winning another title in the near future. His record may not look great on paper but defeats to Ishida and Ryo Akaho are nothing to be ashamed by and in fact he holds a number of notable wins, including a decision over current WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono.
Knowing how talented Tobe is, we're really glad to see that he will be back in action before the year is out.
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