Earlier today Japanese promoter Hiranaka Boxing announced the details for their next show, which will take place on January 8th in Tomigusuku City Gym. The card won't be a massive one, but will feature title action and several bouts of some note.
The main event will be a WBC Youth Light Flyweight title fight as Japanese youngster Seita Ogido (11-2-1, 3) [荻堂 盛太] battles against Filipino visitor Jonthan Refugio (16-5-4, 4) for the currently vacant title. For Ogida the bout will see him fighting in his first title fight and see him looking to build on recent wins over Naoya Haruguchi and Jeffrey Galero, with the youngster currently riding a 5 fight winning run following set backs in 2014 against Seigo Yuri Akui, a 4 round draw, and Kenji Ono, a split decision loss in the Rookie of the Year final. As for Refugio the Filipino is a former WBC International champion who will be in his 6th title bout, and although his record has losses through it he has faced good competition, such as Wanheng Menayothin, Knockout CP Freshmart and Merlito Sabillo, who have all won world titles.
In the chief support bout we'll see Go Onaga (27-3-2, 18) [翁長 吾央] face Filipino Jake Bornea (11-1, 5), in what will be Bornea's first bout following his November clash with Andrew Selby in the UK. The bout looks like a really well matched bout, but it needs to be said that it's at a weight higher than Bornea's best weight and with the Filipino only having about 8 weeks to prepare after the Selby bout he may not be in the best condition to take on a fighter like Onaga, who knows that his dreams of fighting for a world title are really hanging by a threat.
Another notable supporting bout will see Masatoshi Kotani (19-2, 13) [小谷 将寿] battle Rey Laspinas (21-14-6, 12) in a bout that we suspect will be more competitive than the records of the men perhaps hint at.
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