Over the weekend we saw the announcement of WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki's (22-2-1, 8) [小関 桃] next bout, with the female fighting legend now set to return to the ring on November 11th at the Korakuen Hall for the 17th defense of her title. The legendary Koseki will be defending her title against fellow Japanese fighter Chie Higano (6-4, 2) [日向野 知恵], in a bout that isn't great, but does see Koseki having a chance to increase her incredible Japanese defenses record.
Whilst the main event is less than great, despite it featuring a Japanese boxing legend, the under-card has two intriguing Japan Vs Korea bouts on it, adding some real interest to the show for fans who prefer competitive action to name fighters in mismatches.
One of those Japan Vs Korea bouts will see Japanese and OPBF ranked fighter Takeshi Inoue (7-0-1, 3) [井上 岳志] battle against the once beaten puncher Chan Ho Lee (5-1, 4). Lee will be making his international debut in this bout but will be full of confidence and won't be travelling to lose, however Inoue is a really promising prospect and will be strongly favoured to continue his rise towards title fights, which we suspect will occur in 2017, either for the Japanese or OPBF 154lb or 147lb titles.
The other will see the fast rising Kazuto Takesako (4-0, 4) [竹迫 司登] face the hard hitting Kyung Joon Ahn (6-3-1, 5) in what will almost certainly be an explosive bout at Middleweight. Coming in Takesako is ranked by the JBC and OPBF and will be expected to maintain those rankings, and his stoppage run, however Ahn is no push over and is a former Korean Middleweight champion who will be taking part in his third Japanese bout, following losses to Yosuke Kirima and Shoma Fukumoto.
The card also features several low level under-card bouts but the top 3 bouts should be good value for money for fight fans looking forward to seeing some genuine talent in the ring.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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