Last weekend American fans got a treat as they saw an IBF Light Welterweight title eliminator between Japan's heavy handed Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) and Nicaraguan tough guy Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19). The bout, which looked for all intents and purposes a clear win for Obara, was some how scored a draw leaving the IBF in a situation where they haven't eliminated either man.
Since the bout Obara has received a lot of plaudits around the world, with many American and British journalists suggesting he was robbed and that they would love to see him in action again.
Earlier today we saw Misako gym, the promotional outfit behind Obara, hold a press conference featuring their fighter. At that press conference they made it clear that they were pursuing a rematch with Castillo and hope that the IBF will force the bout.
From the details revealed of the conference Obara's team are hoping to open negotiations swiftly and will be hoping to get the rematch in Japan, where they are less likely to be given the rough end of the stick. They are also targeting a March date for the rematch and would likely be hoping that Castillo, who was left bloodied and battered, would be ready for such a date.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!