Earlier today we saw a number of bouts being announced in Japan. One of thoses is a really intriguing bout, set for July 3rd at the Korakuen Hall, and will see see former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (26-6-5, 19) [高橋 竜也] face off with former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (28-4-6, 9). Not only will the two men be facing off in a really tasting looking contest, but they will be doing so for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title, giving both men more than just their pride to fight for.
Of the two men it's Pabustan who has fought at the higher level. The Filipino southpaw fought Pungluang Sor Singyu in a bout for the WBO Bantamweight title in 2016, losing a wide technical decision to the Thai, and has mixed at a good level with very mixed results. His best wins have been against the likes of Kenny Demecillo and Vergilio Silvano however he has lost recently to Edison Berwela and has a reputation for headclashes, with more than 10 of his bouts ending with a technical decision.
Although Pabustan has fought at a higher level we dare say that Takahashi has fought at a more consistent level sharing the ring with the likes of Teppei Kikui, Akinori Hoshino, Yuta Nakagawa, Kentaro Masuda and Yuta Saito. Of those bouts the stand out was his 2014 war with Masuda for the Japanese Bantamweigth crown, in a bout that was one of the best fighst in Japan that year. Not only has he been fighting at a decent level but he;s been doing so frequently and this will be his third bout of 2017.
The contest will be the main event of the Dynamic Young Fight Boxing card and should be a real thriller. The under-card does look a bit weak but features Takuya Yamaguchi (3-7-2, 2) [山口拓也], one of our personal favourites on the lower end of the Japanese scene and a man we think is always worth making a note of.
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