According to sources in Japan we will see the exciting and tough Yoshitaka Kato (29-7-1, 9) [加藤善孝] return to a Japanese ring on June 20th, as he fights back at the Korakuen Hall. The former Japanese and OPBF Lightweight champion has lost his last two bouts but his team have made it clear that they don't feel the need to match him softly, and according to multiple sources he will be matched with world ranked Australian Brandon Ogilvie (15-1, 7).
Over the last few years Kato has regressed somewhat from being a man close to a world title fight to becoming a fan friendly fighter who is showing signs of being on the slide. He has lost 3 of his last 6, with decision defeats coming to Masayoshi Nakatani in early 2014, Ricky Sismundo last October and Daud Yordan, this past February. On the other hand he has also scored 3 wins during that run of 6 bouts including stoppages over Yuhei Suzuki and Tsukasa Saito as well as a very hard fought decision over Nihito Arakawa. A win over Ogilvie could put Kato back in to the world rankings and could help him finally getting a shot at major world honours, though he would be the under-dog against any active champion.
As for Ogilvie, the once beaten Australian comes into the bout on the back of 10 straight wins, including notable win over Jerope Mercado and a solid win over Darragh Foley. During that 10 bout winning run he has won, and defended, both the West Australia and the WBA Oceania Lightweight titles. Notably however this will be his first bout outside of Australia.
The bout is set to headline the Kadoebi Houseki which will feature several of Kato's stablemates on the under-card.
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi)
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