The Welterweight division in Japan is undergoing some major changes this year. We've already seen former champion Suyon Takayama [高山 樹延] vacate the title and change his focus to the OPBF title, currently held by Jack Brubacker. The transitions continued earlier this month when the tall Nobuyuki Shindo (17-3-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] claimed the title with a decision win over Yasuhiro Okawa [大川 泰弘], in a bout between the top two ranked Japanese contenders.
Going in to the Shindo/Okawa bout the winner knew they would be in a tough one with the heavy handed Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10) [有川 稔男] waiting in the wings. Arikawa was himself a man who came from relatively nowhere last year to score a win in the Strongest Korakuen against the much fancied Akinori Watanabe, himself a former OPBF, PABA and JBC champion.
We now know that the Shindo Vs Arikawa bout has been set as the division continues to take shape for 2016.
The match up has been set for April 28th and will be at the Korakuen Hall where fans will be getting a real treat.
Sadly footage of both men is scarce though we will admit that the bout will be an interesting one between a very tall fighter and a seriously heavy handed fighter. The winner may not have many attractive options out there for their future defenses but it's fair to say that this is a genuinely mouth watering bout.
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