Earlier today we were informed that OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (14-3-1, 8) [竹中 良] would be returning to the ring on October 13th at the Korakuen Hall to make the second defense of his title, a title he won in August 2005 by stopping Vinvin Rufino. The bout will see Takenaka up against the criminally under-rated Randy Braga (19-1-1, 5) in what should be a genuine test for the champion, who is 3-0 (2) since losing in his first title bout to Hisashi Amagasa, being stopped in the 12th round of a fight he was winning.
Takenaka, from the same Misako gym as Keita Obara, is world ranked by the WBC but is known for coming up short against his best opponents, including Amagasa who stopped him with 105 seconds to go and Ryol Li Lee, who stopped him in round 5. Despite those perceived frailties he has managed to carve out a decent career with wins against the likes of Vergel Nebran, Rene Bestudio and Rufino, who was KO'd in spectacular fashion last year. He's a gifted boxer who hits much harder than his record suggests and although not the toughest or fastest he is a very capable boxer on the Japanese and Asian scene, though is unlikely to ever claim a world title.
Filipino fighter Braga is one of the more under-rated talents from the often ignored Filipino domestic scene. His sole loss was a razor thin one in South Africa to the big punching Macbute Sinyabi, a bout that many those attending felt that Braga deserved, and since then he has reeled off 4 straight wins, including a narrow decision win over Neil John Tabano. Although relatively unknown away from home he's a tough and skilled fighter who won't be travelling to make up the numbers, instead he's travelling for the title, which he will be hoping to unify with his GAB title.
At the moment no details have been revealed about the under-card though we suspect they will be made public in the near future.
For those who haven't see Takenaka's title win we have included it below.
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