Tomorrow fight fans in the Korakuen Hall will see an OPBF Light Flyweight title fight, as Ken Shiro (8-0, 4) [拳 四朗] makes the first defense of the title and battles against Filipino opponent Lester Abutan (11-5-3, 5). The bout will be Ken Shiro's first since winning the belt earlier this year, when he beat Toshimasa Ouchi to unify the OPBF, JBC and WBC Youth titles. As for Abutan the bout will be his first bout in Japan and his third bout outside of the Philippines.
On the scales the taller champion was 107½lbs, well under the limit. The champion looked confident and in great condition and boast a significant height and reach advantage of the challenger. Interestingly the weight was the same he was when he claimed the WBC Youth title in October 2015 and defended the Japanese title in April.
Abutan struggled on the scales, missing weight at the first attempt, but making the limit an hour later and looking in great shape. He has seemingly scouted Ken Shiro, being aware of the champion's speed, and it seems clear that he knows he's up against a really tough opponent for his first bout on Japanese soil, though he has twice fought away in Thailand.
Ken Shiro looks for maiden defense as he takes on Filipino Lester Abutan
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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