On December 29th Japanese fans get a real treat with Ohashi putting on their year ending show, a show that promises to be one of the very best cards of the year. The show is set to be headlined by a pair of world title bouts, one of which will see Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) return to the ring for his first bout of the year, whilst the supporting card will feature an OPBF title bout, featuring Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) and a Japanese title bout between former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-4-2, 13).
Whilst the show is littered with established fighters fighting in notable bouts it will also feature a highly anticipated debut as the touted Koki Inoue (0-0) kicks off his professional career. The talented Inoue, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma, recently claimed his B license and has since had his debut opponent announced.
The former amateur stand out will be up against Indonesian visitor Arif Maud (1-2, 1)* in a 6 round bout scheduled to be fought at 140lbs.
Whilst we know that Inoue was a former amateur stand out, who is trained by his uncle Shingo, we really don't know much about the Indonesian, who is thought to have an incomplete record. What we do know is that he has been stopped in 2 of his 3 recorded bouts, with one of those losses coming to Larry Siwu, who has since gone on to claim a WBO regional title at 147lbs, and has scored a stoppage win over Jack Madison.
If Hiroki has half the talent of his two cousins then this should be over very quickly with Hiroki then likely to face a real test in 2016. Whilst Maud may not be any sort of a test for the Japanese youngster it's nice to see Inoue begin in 6 rounders with the plan likely being to push him towards 8 rounders next year and possibly even begin a chase of a Japanese title in 2017.
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