Following Kohei Oba vacating the Japanese Bantamweight title recently it has been decided that Yu Kawaguchi (20-5, 9), pictured, and Kentaro Masuda (18-6, 10) will fight each other for the title.
The bout, scheduled for April 13th at the IMP Hall in Osaka is thought to be the headline from a card that is yet to be fully announced.
For the 27 year old Kawaguchi, this will be his first title fight. Although his record does look pretty sketchy he has only lost once since December 2007 and that was to Yasutaka Ishimoto so no shame there. That run of form has seen Kawaguchi going 7-0 (5) since his loss to Ishimoto and 14-1 (7) if you run all the way back to his prior loss.
Kawaguchi's good, confidence building form will be put to the test by the 31 year old Matsuda who has previously lost in a Japanese title challenge to Ryosue Iwasa, back in 2012. Since the loss the loss to Iwasa, a 7th round TKO, Matsuda has been in good form beating his last 4 opponents.
Whilst Kawaguchi has the better form Matsuda has certainly faced the better opponents in both Iwasa and Hidenori Otake, the current Japanese Super Bantamweight champion, and this may well serve in his favour in what looks to be a fantastic match up on the domestic level.
With this bout now set we've got all the "Champions Carnival" bouts organised for 2014.
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