Earlier today it was announced that OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Hikaru Nishida (15-7-1, 7) [西田 光] would return to the ring on June 7th to make the first defense of his OPBF title at the Korakuen Hall.
The under-rated Nishida will be facing unbeaten challenger Dwight Ritchie (13-0-0-4, 1), the #1 ranked OPBF Middleweight title challenger.
For Nishida the bout will be his first since his recent break out win over Akio Shibata, a 3rd round TKO win over the then champion back March. He will also be coming in to this bout in the search of a 6th straight win, extending his current longest winning streak. Although his record may not show it Nishida is a talented fighter and has notched up notable wins over Shibata, Makoto Fuchigami, Hideo Mikan and Kazuhiko Hidaka.
As for Ritchie this will be his first bout above Australian national level, and his first bout outside of Australia. The 24 year old made his debut back in 2009 and quickly advanced his record to 4-0 (1) before it was revealed that he was under age, forcing his first 4 bouts to become no contests. Since then Ritchie has reeled off 13 straight wins and winning several titles, most notably the Australian middleweight title.
This is a fantastic match up and although Ritchie will clearly be the favourite given his record the bout will be his first over 12 rounds and will be his first outside of Australia.
The bout will be the second OPBF title fight on this card along with an OPBF female Featherweight title fight between Kimika Miyoshi (12-8-1, 5) [三好 喜美佳] and Kai Johnson (5-9-3, 2) [カイジョンソン].
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