Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (18-4, 11) would be returning to the ring on July 19th. Okada, who held the Japanese belt for over a year, will be fighting overseas for the second time in his career as he travels to Mexico to face Nery Saguilan (29-4-1, 10).
The fight, fought in Guerrero, Mexico, is an incredibly tough one for Okada who has lost 3 of his last 5 bouts by stoppage. That's not a good omen for a fighter who will be stepping up to Lightweight to fight Saguilan.
One of those 3 stoppage losses came in his other bout in Mexico, an 8th round TKO loss to Alejandro Sanabria. Like this bout that was also fought in the Lightweight division.
Whilst Saguilan isn't a puncher, with just 10 stoppages in 35 fights, he has mixed with good company having faced the likes of Sergio Puente, Alberto Garza and Alejandro Sanabria, all of whom have beaten him. Whilst none of those men match up to Takashi Miura, the best opponent that Okada has faced, they are good opponents with Garza having competed at the world level.
We're expecting this bout to be televised in Mexico though at the moment we're not certain on the channel. We're hoping however that Okada will do Japan and the Ohashi gym proud in a bout that could help rejuvenate his career.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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