Today saw an announcement of a February 12th card in Japan that looks rather tasty with two veterans facing off in what is set to be a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title.
The bout in question will see former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (31-14-1, 7) [堀川 謙一] battle fellow veteran Koji Itagaki (17-10-2, 7) [板垣 幸司], who will be fighting for a title for the first time.
Horikawa's career has been a memorable one with a lot of ups and downs. He began things back in April 2000 and despite a slow start he would fight for the Japanese Minimumweiht title in 2009, losing to Akira Yaegashi, he would later fight the likes of Edgar Sosa, Ryuji Hara and Yu Kimura, coming up short in multiple title fights. Last year however he claimed a career milestone, stopping Shin Ono and claiming the Japanese Light Flyweight title, which he lost in his first defense to Ken Shiro.
Itagaki's career has lacked the same highlights and top level competition but has had some good success in recent years, turning around a 12-9-2 (5) record with a 5-1 run, and that one loss came to the very good Rey Loreto earlier this year. The wins for Itagaki might not be high profile but have included notable wins over Benezer Alolod, Michael Enriquez and Michael Landero as he's turned his career around.
The bout will be the main event of the card which will feature a number of OPBF and JBC ranked fighters.
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