Earlier today Kaneko boxing gym announced that former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (26-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would return to the ring on November 16th, in what will be his third bout of the year.
The teak tough Otake, who proved his toughness in 2014 when he faced Scott Quigg, will be up against the limited but heavy handed Venezuelan Alexander Espinoza (11-8-1, 10), who returns for his second bout in Japan this year.
The 35 year old Otake is chasing a second world title bout, likely at Featherweight, but knows a slip up could potentially cost him such a chance. It's why he's being matched easily here. He will also know that he can't be inactive for long otherwise he'll be forgotten by fans and is using this as a tune up, rather than sit on the side and build up ring rust.
Espinoza, also 35, has gone 0-3-1 in his last 4 bouts, but they have seen him suffer losses to Genesis Servania, former world champions Liborio Solis and Jhonathan Romero. Although he has struggled to rack up wins recently he has never been stopped and is tough as well as heavy handed, but a bit too basic for this level of competition.
Also pencilled in for the card will be the fun to watch Shusaku Fujinaka (14-6-2, 9) [藤中 周作], though his opponent has yet to be announced.
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