Yesterday we reported that WBC Youth Bantamweight champion Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太] would be defending his title against unbeaten Indonesian fighter Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-0, 5) on March 26th at the Satsukiyama Gym in Ikeda, Osaka. That was confirmed earlier today when Maruta and his team took part in a press conference to officially announce Lamandau as the opponent.
At the press conference Maruta stated he has scouted the Indonesian and is aware that he's a short opponent and could be difficult to fight, but will look to control the the distance and retain his title. It was also revealed at the press conference that the Indonesian is a 23 year old fighter and is, as mentioned yesterday, an Indonesian champion.
Maruta also spoke about his future at the press conference and stated that his intention for later in the year was to add to his WBC Youth title, stating that he wanted to add either the Japanese or OPBF crowns to his collection. If he manages that by the end of 2017 then the it would seem likely that he'll be looking to move into world title contention in 2018 or 2019 and continue to build on his glowing reputation as one of the hottest young talents in Japanese boxing, if not world boxing.
Unfortunately it's still unclear whether or not Boxingraise will carry the "Art of Boxing 4" show, with the subscription service still not listing any of their March shows, though it does seem likely to be announced in the coming weeks with Boxingraise surely not holding back their schedule for too much longer.
Hinata Maruta to face unbeaten Indonesian on March 26th!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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