We've known since early February that Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] would challenge WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15) on April 9th, and we've also known that the card that bout would be on would feature a Japanese title fight and an OPBF title fight.
The Japanese title fight, which was ordered by the JBC as part of the Champion Carnival, will see unbeaten men collide as Kubo's stablemate Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] battles against Watanabe Gym's Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆].
Whilst that Japanese title bout has long been known about we didn't know who OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title against. That's now changed and we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thailand's Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], who was last in action in November against Czar Amonsot who stopped him in 7 rounds.
The Thai makes for a good looking opponent on paper, but a questionable one with Kaewfah coming in to this bout on the back of a loss, and previous struggles to make Lightweight. If he can make the weight comfortably he will make for a decent test for Nakatani, who will be seeking his 7th defense following previous wins over the likes of Ricky Sismundo, Futoshi Usami and Allan Tanada, but there is a genuine chance that the Thai will have depleted himself whilst making the 135lb limit for this bout.
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