Earlier today we reported that a Atomweight unification bout between Ayaka Miyao and Momo Koseki was set to take place at Phoenix Battle 56 on October 22nd. Now we're happy to report the other major bout from that card.
That will see Japanese Featherweight champion, and former 3-time world title challenger, Satoshi Hosono (28-2-1, 20) defending his belt in an exciting looking match up against Takuya Watanabe (26-5-1, 12). This will be Hosono's 4th title defense and sees him facing a genuinely credible domestic challenger in a bout that could give us real fireworks.
Hosono, who is best known for coming up short against Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Celestino Caballero and Chris John, is known to be hunting another world title opportunity. It seems as though his team will try and get him one if he can really impress here, though his last two wins haven't been as impressive as his team had hoped.
Dubbed "Bazooka" Hosono is a very tough and heavy handed fighter who is always worth watching, as seen in his recent defense against Tatsuya Otsubo. That defense came just last week though Hosono isn't going to get much of a break before he's back in the ring.
As for Watanabe the challenger is a man we most associate with a bout in Korea that saw him leave a very public blood donation during a contest with Korea's very own Jaesung Lee. Although not the best fighter Watanabe is a solid contender and gave Hisashi Amagasa a good test in a Japanese title fight back in 2012. As well as facing Amagasa and Lee he has actually claimed the WBC Youth Lightweight title and the IBF Asia Featherweight title.
The challenger has had a long career but at just 26 years old he's significantly younger than the champion and has proven his toughness and bravery, two things he will have to call upon to over-come Hosono here.
For those who haven't seen the two men we've included footage below of Hosono's recent bout with Otsubo, sadly that bout lacks sound due to a copyright claim regarding some music, and Watanabe's bloodbath with Lee.
Momo Koseki and Ayaka Miyao to fight in Atomweight unification bout!
(Image courtesy of the Aoki Boxing Gym blog)
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