It was announced earlier today that Japanese Minimumweight champion Go Odaira (10-3-3, 1) would be returning to the ring on September 24th to make the second defence of his title.
Odaira defended his title earlier this month, out pointing Yuma Iwahashi, though has shown no desire to rest on his laurels and less than 3 weeks after defending the belt has already announced his second defence, and in that he will be fighting against Hiroya Yamamoto (8-1, 3).
Yamamoto wouldn't many people's first choice, however with Kosei Tanaka already tied up with a fight on July 20th he wouldn't be unavailable for a September date. Interestingly it seems almost certain however that Tanaka would be fighting the winner of Odaira Vs Yamamoto in early 2014 as he attempts to shoot up the rankings quickly.
With Odaira currently holding world rankings with both the IBF and WBO it's safe to say he is risking more than just his title against Yamamoto but at 29 going on 30 he probably realises that father time won't be on his side for long and he needs to be active to move towards a major international fight. Hopefully he wins here then faces Tanaka in a bout that will boost the winner to a world title in mid-to-late 2015.
(Image, of Odaira, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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