Earlier today saw the announcement that Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (19-6, 10) would be making the first defence of his title on August 4th.
It wasn't just the date of Masuda's defence that was announced but also his opponent who has been named as former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (24-6-1, 8), himself a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion and the current #1 ranked Japanese Bantamweight title challenger.
Tomiyama may be a recognisable name to many fans thanks to his memorable war, last year, with Genesis Servania in Macau. That bout saw the brash, fun and enigmatic Tomiyama coming up short though with his talent he is likely to give Masuda a very tough bout.
In regards to Masuda he is unbeaten in 5 fights following a stoppage loss to then Japanese champion Ryosuke Iwasa back in 2012. Since then Masuda has improved notably and become a very credible Bantamweight in his own right, despite the suspect looking record. In fact although neither guy has a world class record this contest does look like a really attractive one and one that is bound to be thrilling from the first round to the last.
We're awaiting more details on this card though we've been informed it will be at the Korakuen Hall
(Image, of Masuda, courtesy of http://masudakentaro.jp/)
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