Earlier today Misako held a press conference to announce details regarding the future of their heavy handed 140lb contender Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太].
One part of that announcement was Obara's next bout. That will take place on April 14th at the Korakuen Hall and see the big punching Japanese fighter battle in a stay busy bout against a Thai opponent Petchdam Tor Buamas (0-1). The bout is expected to be little more than a tune up bout for Obara who has been out of the ring since last November, when he fought to a very controversial draw with Walter Castillo.
A few days before Obara's return fight fans will see Eduard Troyanovsky (23-0, 20) make the first defense of his IBF 140lb title, as he rematched Argentina's Cesar Rene Cuenca (48-1-0-2, 2). As well as Obara's upcoming bout, Misako also announced that the IBF have stated the winner of Troyanovsky Vs Cuenca will have to fight Obara within 120 days of their bout.
That means that Obara, should he over-come Petchdam, will get a world title fight before the end of the year 2016, and it seems that Misako will push to try and get the bout in Japan, especially given the treatment Obara got in the US against Castillo.
For those who missed Obara's bout with Castillo, it can be seen below.
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