When we talk about Japanese boxing we rarely get to mention the Heavyweight division. This is to be expected considering the lack of depth there though when we do get the odd chance to talk about it we do tend to take it.
The next big Heavyweight bout in Japan will, of course, be Nobuhiro Ishida's bout with Kyotaro Fujimoto on April 30th. Before then however Japanese fans will be treat to another Heavyweight bout as former Japanese title challenger Kotatsu Takehara (9-9-3, 4), pictured, battles Frenchman Cyril Leonet (6-7-2, 1).
Takehara is probably best known for challenging Fujimoto last year for the Japanese Heavyweight title. Although coming up short in that fight Takehara proved that he was significantly better than his record suggests. Sure he is far from a world beater though he's a decent enough fighter to be able to give the Japanese champion a solid test.
Although Takehara is better than his record suggests so too is Leonet who has been in with the best in France, including Gregory Tony, who beat Rio Hidaka last year, Newfel Ouatah and former Kyotaro foe Fabrice Aurieng. Although Leonet has won just 6 of 15 he is a 2-time French national title challenger.
This will be Takehara's first bout since his loss to Fujimoto last November and he'll be hoping that a victory could boost him to getting a rematch with Fujimoto later this year.
This bout, arranged for April 6th is going to be an 8 round bout fought at the Kariya Aioi Hall and will be promoted by Takehara's promoter Midori, otherwise known as "Green".
(Picture courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
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