Japan's unbeaten and world ranked Bantamweight Shohei Omori (12-0, 7) will return to the ring on October 19th to battle fellow Japanese fighter Bunta Mitaka (6-1-2) in an 8 round bout at the KBS Hall in Kyoto.
For those who don't know about Omori he is a 21 year old Bantamweight viewed by some as the next big name in the Bantamweight division form Japan, following the likes of Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Hozumi Hasegawa and Shinsuke Yamanaka. It was in fact his win, earlier this year, over former Yamanaka rival Cristian Esquivel that put on the boxing map so to speak and made a number of fans sit up and take note of the Kyoto native.
Stood at 5'8 and fighting from the Southpaw stance Omori is skilled, powerful and quick. It's those traits that helped him become the 2012 Rookie of the Year and to a world ranking, WBC #10 at Bantamweight.
Omori's record may not suggest that's a big puncher but it's a misleading record in some ways. He actually began his career as a teenager and scored just 3 stoppages in his first 7 bouts. Since then he has scored 4 stoppages in 5, including the win over Esquivel and opening round blow outs of Kiron Omura and Albert Alcoy. The only man to survive recently was Yubon Kaneyama, a tough Super Bantamweight who has never been stopped.
As for Mitaka he too has hopes of reaching the top. Aged 21 he too is a Rookie of the year winner, winning the Super Bantamweight crown last year when he defeated Gaku Aikawa in the final.
Although not as experienced as Omori we do know that Mitaka is the naturally bigger fighter having fought his entire career at Super Bantamweight. That however may not help with what we believe to be a clear disparity in talent.
Mitaka will probably manage to give Omori a few good rounds though we only see this bout going one way and, hopefully, we will see Omori step up in class next year in an an attempt to win a title, be it a domestic one or a regional one, he certainly has the ability to go all the way.
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