According to our Korean sources a deal has been reached for Sa Myung Noh (10-3, 3) [노사명] to challenge OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (16-3-1, 9) [竹中 良], with the bout being arranged to take place in Tokyo on June 8th.
For Takenaka the bout would be his fourth defense of the belt, and help move him one step closer to a world title bout, whilst seeing him look to build on wins against the likes of Vinvin Rufino, Akira Shono and Randy Braga. It may not be a major step forward for the Misako man but by staying active he is keeping himself ticking over and preventing ringrust before a potential career changing bout later in the year.
Although Noh is the under-dog the Korean is a pretty well qualified opponent. He's a KBF fighter He suffered early career loses to Jin Wook Lim and Ye Joon Lim, before reeling off a good winning run and beating the likes of Teiru Atsumi, Jaymart Toyco and Bong Joon Suk, with the win over Suk netting him the Korean Featherweight title. As the Korean champion he defended the belt once, last year against Min Suk Choi, but was beaten by technical decision by Nam Joon Lee last year.
At the moment no one from Japan has confirmed this bout, but Myung's own promoter has stated a deal has been reached for the contest, so we expect Misako to announce it short as part of their Diamond Glove series with Fuji TV.
Note-Noh's record taken from KBF website.
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