We've been informed earlier today that former WBC and Linear Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (18-2-1, 11) will be returning to the ring on a Teiken promoted card on September 6th, ending a year long break from the ring.
Unfortunately for Igarashi his break from the ring hasn't been due to other interests or anything like that, instead it's been down to injury that did, at one point, seem likely to threat his career. Thankfully rehab has seen him back in the gym in recent months and recent weeks he has returned to sparring.
At the moment little is known about Igarashi's return to action other than the date. There is no opponent named or contracted weight to make, though it does seem highly likely that Igarashi will be fight in or around the Super Flyweight limit, with the fighter himself wanting to become a 2-weight world champion.
Although he is a former world champion Igarashi will be expected to face a poor opponent as he attempts to ease himself back into action. Whilst it'll be about a year since he last fought, winning a bout against Omar Soto, it's going to be 17 months since he last faced an opponent of note, Akira Yaegashi, who of course took a very hard fought decision over Igarashi. Throwing Igarashi in with a tough opponent on his return simply wouldn't make sense however if we were guiding his career we'd be looking at the WBA rankings and picking someone on there that Igarashi could beat, for example Petchbangborn Kokietgym who is #13 with the WBA. A fight for a world title in a year or so would likely be what Igarashi would be aiming for and going the WBA route would probably make more sense than any of the other 3 titles.
We hope to bring more news on Igarashi's bout when we get it but with September being months away it could be while before get any more information.
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