Last week we reported that Korean puncher Je Ni Ma (9-1-3, 8) [마제니] would be back in the ring on October 9th to fight in an OPBF silver Light Middleweight title fight in Korea. At the time no opponent was set for Ma, though we had been told that it would likely be a Filipino fighter. Today we've seen our Korean sources indicate that a fighter has been found to be Ma's opponent for the bout, and it's actually a big step up for Ma.
The fighter that we've been told will be facing Ma is Japan's Hironobu Matsunaga (10-1, 5) [松永 宏], who is ranked #7 in Japan but unranked at the OPBF in their July rankings, whilst Ma is ranked #1.
Coming in to this bout Matsunaga is on a 4 fight winning streak since being stopped, back in December 2014, by the KO sensation Yuki Beppu, in what was the All Japan Rookie of the year final. His 4 fight winning run has consisted of victories over Hisao Narita and former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki. It's not the most impressive run but it's certainly not a weak one with two two names being solid wins for the 28 year old Southpaw, who is showing real potential.
As for Ma he is currently ion a 5 fight unbeaten run, where he has win and defended the KBF Middleweight title and beaten former OPBF title challenger Michael Speed Sigarlaki. On paper his record might not look amazing, especially with the 3 draws and a loss but he has fought back well after a 0-1-1 start to his professional career and has gone from being a young Light Welterweight into a fully fledged Light Middleweight. Notably his boxrec is incomplete, missing his latest win on a KBF show, though it doesn't take away from the fact that is a nasty puncher who is coming into his own in recent bouts.
We expect that the KBF will confirm this fight in the coming weeks but our source has said that it's a done deal with the winner to become the '1 contender for the current OPBF champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-10-5, 9) [細川 貴之].
Je Ni Ma to get OPBF silver title fight!
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