Today's bout dubbed with English commentary was the second between the then Japanese Super Featherweight champion Koji Arisawa (15-0, 12), a hugely popular domestic fighter in the 1990's and early 00's, and talented southpaw challenger Yutaka Nishida (14-6-1, 3).
Although not too well known in the West Arisawa had a genuinely sizable following, was a second generation fighter and part of a fighting duo with his brother Kazu. This was his third defense of the title, and came well before his career defining fight, a loss to Takenori Hatakeyama. Nishida on the other hand was getting his third shot at the title and likely knew it was now or never.
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