Earlier today it was announced that Japan's Ryusei Yoshida (26-7, 13) would be back in the ring on July 18th as part of the upcoming Top Rank card in Macau. The Japanese veteran has been selected as the next opponent of the highly touted Jose Carlos Ramirez (14-0, 11), who is being tipped as a potential star.
Whilst Ramirez is very highly touted this is an interesting assignment for the unbeaten 22 year old, who is fighting outside of the US for the first time. Coming in he has stopped his last 3 opponents, in a combined 12 rounds, and has looked like a very impressive young fighter.
Yoshida, the clear under-dog, will be returning to Macau for the second time, following a stoppage loss to Paul Fleming more than 2 years ago. The experienced Japanese fighter is 1-5 outside of his homeland and didn't look great last time out, when he was stopped by the heavy handed Shinya Iwabuchi. Although not a spectacular fighter he did manage to score a notable win last November, stopping the previously unbeaten Shohei Okuda in 3 rounds.
A win for Yoshida is very unlikely though we have to admit we like the fact that the card will have a Japanese interest to go alongside fighters form Hong Kong, Macau, the Phillipines and Thailand.
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