Former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (22-2-3, 9) came to the attention of the international boxing community last year when he fought Englishman Scott Quigg in a bout for the WBA "regular" Super Bantamweight title. The Japanese fighter was widely beaten by Quigg but showed off his extreme toughness and fitness in refusing to back down and always come forward.
Since the loss to Quigg we've seen Otake take time out of the ring. He makes his return to action tomorrow as he takes on Thailand's Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (4-12-1, 3).
Today the two men weighed in for the bout and made the 56KG contracted weight for the bout, though we've not been given the particulars as of yet.
Despite the lay off Otake looked incredibly at the weigh in. His body looked carved and he looked as strong and as tough as ever. The Thai looked in good shape himself, though has been selected as the clear "comeback" opponent and appeared to be a division smaller than Otake.
Although this bout is a big step backwards for Otake we do understand that he is wanting to get himself back in to the title mix later in the year. That may mean a domestic title bout, possibly against Yukinori Oguni, or something more. First however Otake will need to do what is expected of him tomorrow.
(Image courtesy of Hidenori Otake's blog)
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