Earlier today Ohashi announced the details of several of the under-card bouts for their May 8th show at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
We've long known that the show would be a double world title card, with Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8) and Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] defending the IBF Light Flyweight title against Mexican puncher Martin Tecuapetla (13-6, 10).
Today we've learned that the third title bout on the card will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1) [井上 拓真] against Indonesian fighter Afrizal Tamboresi (12-4, 6), who becomes Inoue's second challenger. The Indonesian 30 year old has fought internationally before, having lost decisions in Australia to Brad Hore and a 2nd round TKO defeat to Rocky Fuentes, with both of those bouts coming last year, and will be expected to suffer a third loss on the third.
Former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Ryo Matsumoto (17-0, 15) [松本 亮] appears to be set to face Mexican opponent Victor Uriel Lopez (8-5-1, 3). The bout is supposed to be a warm up bout for Matsumoto, prior to a world title bout later in the year, though is unlikely to warm him up much given that Uriel Lopez hasn't proven to be that testing. The Mexican lost just 2 fights back, to Gabriel Acosta, though did bounce back last yea with a stoppage win against Ariel Gonzalez de la Rosa. This will be an 8 round bout at just under 120lbs.
A third under-card bout will see Koki Inoue (2-0, 2) [浩樹井上] face off against Indonesian fighter, believed to be “Bimbo Jagger”, in an 8 round bout at a contracted 142.2lbs. Although the opponent appears to be a debutant, with us being unable to verify his record or name, the bout will serve as Inoue's first 8 round bout and could well be a sign that he'll be moving into title action before the year is over.
Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi in action May 8th!
More details emerge in regards to Ohashi's May 8th show
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