Yesterday we reported that former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-13-1, 10) would be making his return to the ring on April 3rd at the Bodymaker Colosseum. At the time we didn't know anything else about the card, there was no opponent named and there was no under-card details made available.
Today part of that changed and we've been given a lot of interesting details about the undercard, including a female title bout, a former OPBF title challenger and a huge step up for one of the most interesting Japanese prospects.
Hisataka is still facing a yet to be named opponent. He is one of two men without an opponent at the moment with the other being former OPBF Featherweight champion Hiroshige Osawa (26-3-4, 15) who held the OPBF title at 126lbs for 16 months back in 2011-2012 before being suspended by the JBC for a bout in South Korea that they felt they had been lied to about. This bout will be his 4th bout since having that suspension lifted back in December 2013.
Although the two biggest name fighters don't yet have opponents named there is a title fight which has been arranged for the show. This bout will see the unbeaten Terumi Nuki (6-0, 3) battle against Tamao Ozawa (7-2, 2) for the vacant OPBF female Flyweight title. Nuki, a product of the Ioka gym has looked very good so far and has already got a notable win over Kai Johnson from last November. Notable Ozawa has twice fought Nuykie, losing their first meeting by knockout before taking an 8 round split decision in a rematch last September. For Nuki this will be her first title fight whilst Ozawa was blown out by Tomoko Kawanishi in a bout for the OPBF female Super Flyweight title.
On the most interesting bout won't actually be the title bout but instead a bout featuring 18 year old Ioka prospect Takeru Kamikubo (8-0, 5) who will be taking a huge step up in class to battle against former Japanese title challenger Atsushi Aburada (9-7, 5). Aburada, still ranked by the JBC, was last seen in the ring coming up short against Japanese Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura last November. Although not a great fighter Aburada is a solid domestic contender and a win over Toshimasa Ouchi prove he deserves a ranking still. For the 18 year old Kamikubo this will be his first bout against someone with a winning record however he will have to be favoured and he does look like the next star on the Ioka production line, which has already given us Kazuto Ioka, Ryo Miyazaki, Masayoshi Nakatani and Sho Ishida. If Kamikubo wins here then it's almost certain that he will climb into the domestic rankings and aim for a title in the relatively near future.
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