We've known for a while that Japanese Lightweight hopeful Shuya Masaki (3-0, 2) [正木 脩也] would be returning to action on the March 4th Teiken card at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, a card headlined by WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) [山中慎介]. Sadly though we weren't made aware of his opponent for that bout, until earlier today when we were informed that Masaki would be defending his unbeaten record against Filipino foe Vergil Puton (15-6, 7).
Puton, who is highly ranked by the GAB, has lost 3 of his last 4, though two of those were very close decisions. Notably however he has never been stopped and is a really tough ask for a novice professional like Masaki, despite the fact Masaki is highly experienced from his days as an amateur.
Although not a fighter with a sparkling record Puton has mixed with good opponents, including Ye Joon Kim, JR Magboo and Randy Braga. Notably he has also never been stopped and has proven he's as a tough fighter. Notably however Puton is stepping up to face a genuine Lightweight and the weight might be a step too hiugh for Puton, who has been fighting as low as Super Bantamweight in recent bouts.
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