One of the under-the-radar bits of news from Japan over the last day or two involves WOZ boxing and their two Japanese champions who are now both set to return to the ring on September 16th for a brilliant Japanese title double header.
One of the bouts announced will see Japanese Lightweight champion Kota Tokunaga (15-2, 10) defending his title against fellow puncher Yuhei Suzuki (16-4, 12). This will be Tokunaga's first defense of the title that he won in on April 30th with an eye catching KO against Yuya Sugizaki. Following the win over Sugizaki we did see Tokunaga call for a fight with Suzuki who appears to have been very happy to accept the challenger and provide fans with a potentially explosive encounter between two men who really can punch but can also be hurt.
For the Suzuki this will be a third shot at the belt, after twice coming up short against former champion Yoshitaka Kato, and it should be really be a great bout.
The other bout announced will see the really exciting Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) return to the ring to defend his Japanese Bantamweight title against former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1). For Omori this will be the first defense of the title that he won in April, when he destroyed Kentaro Masuda in 3 rounds, and he'll be hoping to continue his incredible rise through the ranks. For Mukai this will be his first shot at a Japanese title and comes following his recent victory over Konosuke Tomiyama in April. Despite never fighting for a Japanese belt before Mukai has fought for other titles, suffering a decision loss to Rocky Fuentes in an OPBF title fight, a technical draw with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a Flyweight world title fight and a TKO loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a world title fight at Super Flyweight.
For fans wanting to attend this mouth watering double header it will be held at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto. It's a home venue for Omori and Tokunaga who are both from Kyoto and it could act as a huge boost to the Kyoto boxing scene which has been less than exciting over recent years with a real lack of fighters. If Omori and Tokunaga can continue to have success there is a chance the local scene could take off and it could become another notable area for boxing fans in Japan.
(Image courtesy of http://ameblo.jp/woz-oomori)
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