After what seems like an eternity we've finally got the full line up for the upcoming “You Will be the Champion 6/Art of Boxing 3” co-promoted card and it really does seem like Japanese promoters are attempting to out do each other. That's been seen in the fact that the much anticipated November 23rd show will featured 5 title bouts!
The OPBF title bouts between Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-5, 9) [細川 貴之] and Yutaka Oishi (13-5, 7) [大石 豊] and the OPBF Middleweight title fight between Koki Tyson (10-2-2, 10) [太尊 康輝] and defending champion Dwight Ritchie (14-0-0-4,1) have been long known about.
We've also long been aware that Hinata Maruta (3-0, 2) [丸田 陽七太] would be defending his WBC Youth Bantamweight title for the first time. Today we finally saw Maruta's opponent being named, with it being Filipino Joe Tejones (6-1, 2).
Tejones a 20 year old southpaw, will be fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time and, if truth be told, is a disappointing opponent for Maruta given the Japanese youngster's performances so far. Although disappointing Tejones has never been stopped, and his only loss was a razor thin one to Jess Rhey Waminal, back in July. With it being Maruta's first defense of the title, and given the restrictions involved in WBC Youth title fights, we won't complain too much, especially given the depth of the card.
As reported yesterday other bouts on the card include a contest between Hirofumi Mukai (12-4-3, 2) [向井 寛史] and Inthanon Sithchamuang (30-8-1, 18) [อินทนนท์ ศิษย์ชะมวง], with both men being former world title challengers. Interestingly this 12 round bout has now been confirmed as a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight bout, whilst the bout between Masahiro Sakamoto (8-0, 4) [坂本 真宏] take on the once beaten Sho Kimura (12-1-2, 6) [木村 翔] has been confirmed as a WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title bout.
With 5 title bouts the show slightly over-shadows the November 11th card, which has 4 OPBF title fights, and given the quality of the overall card this really does look like a treat for fans in Osaka in in the final week of November.
Hirofumi Mukai to face Inthanon Sithchamuang on November 23rd!
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