Over the past few days we've seen Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太] vacate the OPBF title at 140lbs and we've also, now, seen the bout to fill that vacancy announced.
That bout will see former Obara victim Shinya Iwabuchi (26-5, 22) [岩渕 真也] battle against Filipino puncher Al Rivera (14-2, 12) in what looks like a sure fire slugfest on February 11th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Japanese fighter, pictured with Obara, will be fighting in his third OPBF title bout having previously fallen short against both Obara and Min Wook Kim [김민욱], in what was an absolute war that can be seen below. He is however a former Japanese champion and has notable wins over the likes of Koichi Aso, Yuji Wauke, Valentine Hosokawa, Jimrex Jaca and Romeo Jakosalem, all bv stoppage.
As for Rivera this is his first shot an OPBF title, though he has previously won the PBF Lightweight title, with a 2nd round KO against Junard Postrano. That win over Postrano has been followed by a trio of stoppage wins, the most notable of which was a controversial 2nd round KO against Adones Cabalquinto last November.
Given that both men are free swinging and powerful punchers this really could be something special, and wonderfully for us fans it will be aired, on tape delay, on Fuji TV!
(Image courtesy of Iwabuchi's blog, Iwabuchi on the right)
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