Earlier today the Muto Gym held a notable press conference to announce a July 30th show in Osaka, featuring a trio of OPBF title bouts.
The "main event" from the trio of title contests will see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2, 11) [太尊 康輝] take on Japanese based American Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1, 7) in what will be Tyson's first defense. The heavy handed champion won the title last year, beating Dwight Ritchie, and made his first defense in April, stopping Sung Jae Ahn in 4 rounds. For Lockhart the bout will be a huge step up but the affable Morioka gym fighter will look to use his own power to make the most of a huge opportunity.
Tyson will be johned by stable mate Mark John Yap (26-12, 12) who looks to defend the OPBF Bantamweight title as he takes on former 2-time Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7, 15) [益田 健太郎]. This will be Yap's first defense of the title and should be a genuinely brilliant fight, despite the fact the men have 19 losses between them. Both are heavier handed than their records suggest and both are exciting fighters who know that a win will take them a huge step towards a potential world title fight later in the year, with both men risking world rankings coming in to this fight.
The third bout will see Thailand's Ratchasi Sithsaithong (8-3, 6) defending the OPBF Light Middleweight title, which he won in a huge come-from-behind win against Yutaka Oishi back in April, against Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (10-4, 8). For Sithsaithong the bout will see him trying to continue a small run of solid results, which include the 12th round stoppage against Oishi and a decision win against Cobra Suwa, wholst Petagine will be getting his first title fight, following two losses last year. Interestingly this will be the first time the local fighter has fought as a fully fledged Light Middleweight.
Interestingly for the Muto gym a win for Petagine would see the gym reclaim the title which had previously been held by the popular Takayuki Hosokawa, and it's possible that that is part of the reason why the Japanese fighter is moving up in weight for the contest.
At the moment other details from the card are yet to be announced, but it does seem likely that the show will feature some other notable fighters from the Mutoh gym who will be lookign to show case their skills and move towards title fights of their own.
For fans in Osaka in late July the show will take place at the Sumiyoshi Ward And the tickets have been priced affordably, with the cheapest being ¥5000 and the most expensive being ¥30,000.
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