Earlier today we were informed that former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Teiru Kinoshita (23-1-1, 6) [帝里 木下] would be returning to the ring on April 17th for his first bout of 2016.
The southpaw, best known for facing Zolani Tete in a bout for the then vacant IBF world title, hasn't yet had his opponent named but it's expected that he'll be fighting in a stay busy fight, so as to not risk his currently very high IBF world ranking. What is known about the bout however is that it will be an 8 rounder and will take place at the Art Center in Kobe, Hyogo.
Since the loss to Tete, in July 2014, Kinoshita has gone 4-0 (3) with the 3 stoppages all coming against very limited Thai opposition. The bout that didn't end in a stoppage was a very controversial one with Kinoshita taking a hotly debated decision against Cyborg Nawatedani, in a bout that can be seen below. Despite the controversial nature of that bout Kinoshita's team has shown little intention of giving a rematch to Nawatedani and instead they seem to be willing to play a waiting game, with the intention of waiting until the IBF allow Kinoshita a world title eliminator.
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