Earlier today we were informed that former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Akaho (26-2-2, 18) [赤穂 亮] will return to the ring on May 19th at the Korakuen Hall. The heavy handed slugger will be fighting for the first time since losing in a WBO Bantamweight world title fight to Pungluang Sor Singyu last August.
Akaho's bout will be an 8 rounder against former foe Toyoto Shiraishi (25-9-3, 12) [白石 豊土] and will be fought at a contracted 54.5KG's.
Fight fans may recall that these two were meant to fight last December before the bout was cancelled on the day of the weigh in, with Akaho suffering badly from dehydration. It seems this time Akaho has been given more time to prepare for the bout, which is being fought at a little above 120lbs.
In theory the weight will be an advantage for Akaho, given that Shiraishi is a natural Super Flyweight, though the former 2-time world title challenger did look like a big drainer at 118lbs and may well be draining to even make the contracted weight for the bout.
At the moment this is the only bout confirmed for the show, which will be promoted by Akaho's promoter "Yokohama Hikari".
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