Former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (22-2-3, 9) has been out of the ring ever since losing to WBA “regular” Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg last November. We now know however that his return to the ring is just a few weeks away with Kenji Kaneko confirming that Otake will make his ring return on May 29th in an 8 round bout.
Whilst that wasn't shocking we had been waiting, and waiting and waiting, for his opponent to be named.
Today we got the name of that opponent, Thailand's Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym (4-12-1, 3).
We'll admit it's a poor choice of opponent for the tough Otake though it's a bout which has been made for him to shake off some ring rust before returning to title level.
Whilst Otake is “the name” for the bout it's actually going to be Phissanuthep's 7th bout in Japan. Currently his record in the country is 0-6 though he has mixed with good company such as Kenji Oba, Carlos Cuadras, and Takuya Watanabe. Notably however he has been stopped in 5 of his 6 defeats in Japan, though did go the distance with Yasunori Kishigami late last year, in his most recent bout in Japan.
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