Once beaten Japanese Bantamweight Ryosuke Iwasa (18-1, 11) appears to have snagged himself a major opportunity as he now seems to have secured an IBF Bantamweight eliminator with American fighter Sergio Perales (24-2, 16).
Iwasa, the current OPBF Bantamweight champion, also seems likely to get home advantage for the bout with Japanese promoter Teiken having won the purse bid for the contest with a bid of $72,000. That purse is to be split with 60% going to the Celes gym fighter and 40% to the Mexican.
Internationally Iwasa is best known for losing to then Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in a thrilling contest back in 2011. Since then however the Japanese fighter has strung together an impressive 10 straight wins including victories over current Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda, a 7th round TKO in July 2012, a shut out decision over David De La Mora, in October 2012, and a stoppage against Hiroki Shiino, in December last year to claim the OPBF Bantamweight title. Those wins have seen Iwasa become one of the top Bantamweight contenders with the fighter being ranked in the top 10 by all 4 majors organisations, though the WBO do rank him at Super Bantamweight.
As for Perales he is best known for losing a very close contest in the United Kingdom last year to Stuart Hall. Since that loss however he has scored back-to-back stoppage victories over Lorenzo Trejo and Raul Martinez, both former world title challengers.
The winner of the bout between Iwasa and Perales will be hoping to secure a world title bout with current champion Randy Caballero (22-0, 13), a man who is known in Japan for his victory earlier this year against Kohei Oba. A bout between Iwasa and Caballero would certainly be an interesting one and could well see Caballero returning to Japan.
For those wondering when the bout will occur, there has not yet been an announcement though we're expecting that to be released shortly, however with both men having already been out of the ring for several months already we suspect both will happy to go as soon as possible.
Whilst this is obviously great news for Iwasa it could also be fantastic news for #2 ranked OPBF fighter Shohei Omori who may well see a big door opening early next year. For those who haven't yet seen Omori we suggest you keep an eye on this very talented youngster who we think could become one of the future stars of the Bantamweight division.
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