Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will see former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (14-0, 10) [岡田 博喜] battle against Filipino journeyman Rodel Wenceslao (11-13-1, 4), in what will be Okada's first bout since he vacated the national title at the end of the 2016.
On paper the bout is a mismatch, and few will give the Filipino a chance against the unbeaten and heavy handed Okada. To Okada however the bout is less about being in a competitive match up and more about being in a tune up before taking a step forward with his career later in the year.
That step forward for the unbeaten man is a regional title with Okada stating that he was wanting to claiming either the OPBF title or the WBO Asia Pacific title, and make a move towards a potential world title fight in the near future. At the moment a bout for either of those regional titles would be fun, with the OPBF title being held by Filipino banger Al Rivera and the WBO Asia Pacific title being held by Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo. Okada against either of those men would be very fun contests.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp
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