We've known for a while that Teiken would be promoting a show on June 6th at the Korakuen Hall. We've also known for a while that it would be headlined by former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-2-1, 11). What we didn't know, until earlier today, was who Igarashi would be fighting. Today we were informed that the opponent for the former champion will be Filipino journeyman Lionel Mark Duran (13-11-2, 5).
Igarashi first came to the fore in 2008 when he won the Japanese interim Flyweight title before beating Sonny Boy Jaro for the WBC Flyweight world title in 2012. His reign as the world champion was short lived, being ended by Akira Yaegashi less than a year later, and since then his career has since been hampered with injuries which have prevented him from building any career moment over the last 2 years.
As for Duran he really is a good old fashioned journeyman having fought in Thailand, Japan, Mexico, though unfortunately he is 0-6 outside of the Philippines. Not only has he been willing to travel but he's also been matched hard when he's left his homeland and has picked up losses to the likes of Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Julio Ceja. Notably though Ceja and Srisaket are the only two fighters to have stopped the Paranaque City native.
We also add that there will be another "Japan Vs Philippines" bout on this card as once beaten Japanese puncher Kenichi Ogawa (14-1, 12) takes on Filipino foe Raymond Sermona (17-5-5, 8). Coming in to this bout both men are ranked by their domestic organisations though Sermona has won just 2 of his last 6 bouts, which have sadly included stoppage losses to Masao Nakamura and Jose Felix Jr, whilst Ogawa has won his last 6, all by stoppage.
*Note boxrec.com currently lists "Kenichi Ogata" for this card, from what we understand that's been a mix up with "Kenichi Ogawa"
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