We've heard rumours for a while that OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara (14-1, 13) would be returning to action on August 10th on an upcoming Dangan show. At the time though they were merely strong rumours. In the past few days we've seen Obara confirm that he will, indeed, be in action on the show, which is headlined by two OPBF title fights.
Despite being the OPBF champion at Light Welterweight our sources have indicated that Obara will be in a 10 round catchweight bout at 65KG, or 143.3lbs. The weight, around the mid-way point between Light Welterweight and Welterweight, seems to be another hint that Obara is preparing a move up to Welterweight in the near future.
Given the quality of the two man events, and given the short time in which Obara has to prepare for his bout, it's little wonder the heavy handed fighter isn't facing anyone of note. We however would have expected somebody a little bit more testing than Khompetch Sithsaithong (5-5, 5), who is thought to be fighting for the first time in almost 20 months. The Thai has been stopped in 4 of his 5 losses and is 0-3 outside of his native Thailand, with all 3 of those losses coming by stoppage.
We suspect that after this bout Obara will, officially, leave the 140lb weight division and make a run at the OPBF Welterweight title, which was recently vacated by Yoshihiro Kamegai. The division isn't that strong in Asia but internationally the Welterweight division does hold a lot of notable opportunities that Obara may be able to make the most over the next few years. Of course his struggles with weight will almost certainly force him up sooner rather than later.
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