Earlier this month we reported that Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time on July 19th, battling against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎]. The winner of that bout will then defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太].
Today we learned that the Otake Vs Usui bout may not be the only OPBF title bout on that July 19th card.
According to our sources the other OPBF title bout on the card will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (19-6-1, 6) defending his title against Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-9, 17) [木村 隼人所属], and will be officially announced in the coming days, with two separate sources reporting the bout is a done deal for the show.
For Dacquel the bout will be his third straight contest in Japan, where he has beaten Go Onaga and Shota Kawaguchi in the last 12 months, and will be his 7th bout on Japanese soil in total, where he is now 3-2-1. The win will help strengthen his claim for a world title fight, but the reality is that he's a long way off contending with the top dogs in the division. Despite being a fringe contender the OPBF title he holds is a valuable title to hold and is earning him solid pay days to defend the belt on the road against Japanese challengers.
For Kimura the bout will see him trying to end a 0-5 run in title fights dating back more than 8 years. The talented 27 year old Japanese fighter has suffered recent title fight losses to Sho Ishida and Kenta Nakagawa but could really give his career a huge shot in the arm if he can upset Dacquel here. A win for the Japanese would be a career defining victory, but he's clearly the under-dog against the well travelled Filipino.
With two solid looking titles bouts the card looks good, and it will also feature Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] battling former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人], giving it a really strong ling up at the topof the card.
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