Earlier today Yokohama Hikari announced that their fighter Ryohei Takahashi (8-1-1, 1) [高橋 竜平] was fighting in his first overseas bout with the 26 year old heading to Australia to face the touted Andrew Maloney (5-0, 3) for the WBA Oceania Bantamweight title.
The Japanese fighter is currently on an 8 fight winning streak following a stoppage loss on his debut, back in December 12 against Shogo Sumitomo, and then fought to a draw with Wataru Takeda in October 2013. Since those set backs he has moved up to Bantamweight where he is now unbeaten. Not only is he unbeaten but he was also the 2014 Rookie of the Year in the division and hs come along way from those early set backs with wins against Keisuke Tabuchi and the once touted Kenji Kubo. Saying that however this bout will be his first 10 rounder and will be his first bout outside of Tokyo, in fact only his second bout outside of the Korakuen Hall.
Maloney, 25, on the other hand is a touted Australian and former amateur stand out who turned in late 2014 and managed to win the Australia State title in his second bout before claiming the Australian national title last December. Interestingly this will be just the second time he has fought a fighter with a winning record in the professional ranks. As an amateur Maloney is well traveled and highly experienced featuring in international tournaments in a number of countries between 2009 and 2014, with his stand out performance coming in Glasgow in 2014, where he claimed the Gold medal at the Commonwealth games at Flyweight. On the route to that Gold medal he beat local favourite Reece McFadden and Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem.
The bout, from what we understand, will take place in Victoria, where Maloney has fought his previous 5 contests, with the winner likely to receive a WBA.
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