A pair of world title bouts involving two of Japan's best fighters will take place Sept. 27 in Osaka, Japan.
Strawweight titlist Katsunari Takayama (29-7, 11 KOs) will make his second title defense when he faces countryman Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11 KOs). Takayama is best known for losing a decision to Francisco Rodriguez Jr. last August in their action-packed strawweight title unification bout that was selected as the 2014 ESPN.com fight of the year.
Following the loss, Takayama won two vacant belts in his next fight (after Rodriguez vacated to move up in weight). Takayama then vacated one of them and continues to defend the other.
Takayama-Hara is the second title bout added to a card that already includes headliner Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10 KOs), who will defend his secondary flyweight title against Argentina's Roberto Domingo Sosa (26-2-1, 14 KOs). Ioka will be making his first defense since outpointing Juan Carlos Reveco by a majority decision on April 22. If Ioka wins he is due to face Reveco in a rematch on New Year's Eve.