Earlier today Japanese promoter Woz Boxing announced that their star fighter Shohei Omori (16-1, 11) [大森 将平] would be back in the ring on August 24th, as he goes up against world ranked Mexican Edgar Jimenez (22-11-2, 16), who currently holds a #5 ranking with the WBC, in a 10 round bout at Bantamweight.
Omori really came to our attention back in 2014 when he ran up 3 wins, including a notable one over Christian Esquivel, and later grew his momentum with wins over Kentaro Masuda and Hirofumi Mukai, both in 2015. Sadly that rise hit a brick wall in late 2015 when he was demolished in embarrassing fashion by Marlon Tapales, who dropped Omori at will en route to a 2nd round TKO victory over the touted Japanese youngster.
Since the loss to Tapales we have seen Omori fight just once, stopping the over-matched Espinos Sabu, giving Sabu his first stoppage loss.
Coming into this one Omori will know that a win will be rewarded with a world ranking, and will see him take a huge step towards rebuilding the moment he had last year.
As for Jimenez the Mexican was relatively unknown until last year, when he upset Ivan Morales. The win over Morales is the best on Jimenez's record, though he does hold wins over an ancient pairing of Eric Ortiz and Juanito Rubillar, beating both in 2011. As well as those wins he has picked up notable losses, losing to the likes of Moises Fuentes, Carlos Buitrago and Hernan Marquez, among others.
The Mexican has travelled to fight before, travelling thrice to Nicaragua, but will be fighting outside of Latin America for the first time, and will have to have a career best performance to over-come Omori here.
The bout is to be staged at the Shimazu Arena, in Kyoto city, though at the moment no other details on the card have been revealed.
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