Earlier today it was reported that Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono (27-2-1, 20) would be back in action on August 20th to make the next defense of his title and continue his climb towards a fourth potential would title shot.
According to the report Hosono will be defending the belt against the very much in form Tatsuya Otsubo (8-6-1, 3), who may not look like a credible challenger on paper but really has turned his career around in recent times.
Otsubo's record is far from impressive in terms of raw numbers however he began his career 2-6-1 (1) and has been in great to turn that around. Over the last 4 years however he has gone 6-0 (2) and scored several notable wins, including a victory in April against Akihiko Katagiri.
Whilst Otsubo is in good form he is still clearly the under-dog here against the heavy handed and tough defending champion who has mixed with the likes of Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Celestino Caballero and Chris John. Not only has he compete in a trio of world title fights but he has also notched notable wins over the top domestic contenders of the last decade or so, repeatedly proving he's one of if not the best Featherweight in Japan.
From what we under-stand the under-card is expected to be a "special" one with a number of other top Ohashi Gym fighters already being linked to it, including the unbeaten Ryo Matsumoto (14-0, 12), the once beaten Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11) or the always exciting Akira Yaegashi (21-5, 11).
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