We've known for a while that former Japanese and OPBF Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara (18-1, 10) would be making his ring return on May 31st though until today we had no idea who he would be up against. Today however we were reliably informed that Hara's opponent would be Thailand's Petchnamchai Sor Sakulwong (1-2, 1).
On paper this is a mismatch. An 18-1 (10) fighter should rarely be fighting a 1-2 (1) fighter however there are two things to note about Petchnamchai's record. Firstly we believe it's incomplete, as are the records of many Thai's who don't have their bouts properly collected on boxrec.com for various reasons, including the sheer number of names some fighters go under. Secondly Petchnamchai has acquitted himself in both of his recorded loss giving former world title challenger Shin Ono a decent 6 round bout last August at the Korakuen Hall and then putting up a competitive effort against Takashi Omae this past March in an 8 round defeat.
A third point to make is that this will be Hara's first bout since he was stopped in 10 rounds by 19 year old wunderkind Kosei Tanaka in an enthralling OPBF title bout. We know how good Tanaka is, and a loss to the "KO Dream Boy" is nothing to be ashamed by however the question remains how will Hara look following his first loss. That bout was a draining one and although Hara showed a lot world class ability he was given a bit of a beating in rounds 9 and 10 before he was finally stopped. IT could well be that the defeat has taken something from the talented Ohashi Gym fighter.
This bout will be the main event of the show which is to be held at the FujisanMesse in Fuji.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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