For a while now we had been hearing a growing rumour that Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono (32-2-1, 21) [細野 悟] would be facing off in an IBF Featherweight world title eliminator against Jonathan Victor Barros (40-4-1, 22). Today that rumour got confirmed with Ohashi announcing a "Battle Phoenix" show for October 3rd, and releasing details of two bouts.
The headline announcement was that Hosono, a 3-time world title challenger, would facing former world champion Barros, of Argentina, in an IBF eliminator. The announcement confirmed the bout that we had heard of several weeks ago, though it did seem like the contest was originally planned for September though has been pushed back to late October.
The bout should see the winner becoming one of the top contenders for current champion Lee Selby, of the UK, and could potentially see either Barros become a 2-time champion or see Hosono end his long wait for a world title, more than 6 years after he lost in his first shot at the top. Interestingly coming in to this one Hosono is the #4 ranked fighter according to the IBF whilst Barros is the #3 ranked fighter, with no one ranked at either #1 or #2.
The other bout to be announced for the card is a rematch between the very highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (17-1, 15) [松本 亮] and his conqueror Victor Uriel Lopez (9-5-1, 4). Lopez famously shocked Matsumoto back in May with it later being revealed that Matsunoto entered the bout whilst suffering from an illness that left him in hospital following the bout. It seems however that the youngster doesn't want to just blame the illness for his defeat but wants to instead avenge it and defeat Lopez.
At the moment we've received no other details on the card, though we do know it will be held at the Korakuen Hall and could potentially have footage shown on tape delay on Fuji TV as part of the Diamond Glove series, however that coverage hasn't yet been confirmed.
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