Earlier today it was announced that the unbeaten and world ranked Masayuki Ito (16-0-1, 7) would be fighting for the Japanese Super Featherweight title next year against the unbeaten champion Rikki Naito (11-0, 5).
The announcement, made public by Ito himself, stated that the bout would take place at the Korakuen Hall on February 9th at the Korakuen Hall.
For those unaware of the men Ito is a talented and speedy fighter who debuted back in May 2009 and has since climbed the ranks quietly whilst winning the All Japan Rookie of the Year, at Featherweight in 2012, and the WBC Youth title, at Lightweight. Earlier this year however he scored a break out win by out pointing the heavy handed Masao Nakamura.
Naito, a second generation fighter, claimed the Japanese title earlier this year with a dominant win over Hiroyasu Matsuzaki, who retired after 8 rounds. Since then he has defended the belt twice with wins over Kyohei Tamakoshi and Shingo Eto, both by decision.
The bout is likely to be a very fast paced contest between two well schooled and naturally quick men who will each be looking to continue their unbeaten starts. Although it's not likely to be a war it is expected to be a very good fight between two of the most promising young fighters in Japan.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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