Over the last few days Morioka Boxing Gym have pencilled in their next card, "Art of Boxing 4", which is set to take place on March 26th at the Satsukiyama Gymnasium in Ikeda, Osaka. The promotional gym hasn't yet announced any bouts publicly, but there are are some bits of information to suggest that the show will feature several noteworthy names.
Firstly we believe that American born Japanese based Middleweight fighter Brandon Lockhart Shane (7-5-1, 6) will be on the card, with the fighter himself stating that he had a bout scheduled for around the same date at the same venue, though the fighter did actually say March 25th and not the 26th may have been an error on behalf of the affable fighter.
Secondly, and more interestingly for most, is that all the other "Art of Boxing" cards have featured Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太], and he is now expected to feature on the card in the headline bout of the show.
Although yet to announce anything Maruta is seen as a sure thing for the card and in he has fact Maruta has headlined 2 of the previous cards under the "Art of Boxing" banner and was in the co-main in the other card. Notably the bout will come exactly 53 after Maruta headlined at the same venue, beating Krungsing Kaolamlekgym inside a round, in the first "Art of Boxing" card.
With Morioka not yet announcing anything other than the name, venue and date of the card things are lacking in terms of solid information, though it would seem likely to be a low key bout for Maruta, who we know is chasing OPBF and JBC titles this year. There is the potential for him to defend his WBC Youth Bantamweight title here, but it seems unlikely that he will be challenging for the Oriental crown, and we already know that the Japanese title will be fought just weeks earlier.
One other notable fighter expected to be on the card is Naoto Iwai (3-0, 1) [岩井 尚斗], though as with fellow prospect Maruta there has been no news to confirm his appearance on the show.
Although there has been little confirmed about the card so far it does seem fair to say that Morioka fighter Hiroshi Takagi (5-7, 1) [高木裕史] will not be on the card, with the 30 year old set for a ring return on April 9th.
(Image of Maruta courtest of Morioka Boxing)
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