PH’s Abutan to challenge Japanese OPDF champ
DAVAO CITY: Philippine light flyweight champion, Lester “Lighting Strike” Abutan, will challenge reigning Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) light flyweight champion, Ken Shiro of Japan, on December 8 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
The 25-year-old Abutan, a native of San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental, is toting 11 wins with 5 knockouts against 5 losses and 3 draws, while Shiro is unbeaten with 8 straight wins and 4 knockouts with no loss or draw.
Shiro will be making his first title-defense of the vacant OPBF light flyweight crown he won by a unanimous decision (UD) against Toshimasa Ouchi last August 7 at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan. He is also the current Japanese light flyweight champion.
Shiro also won the vacant WBC Youth World light flyweight crown by a UD over another Filipino, Rolly Sumalpong, on Oct. 12, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall.
Abutan, on the other hand, won the Philippine light flyweight crown by a unanimous decision against Renren Tesoro last June 18 at the Calamba Sports Complex in Laguna. In his last fight last Sept. 28, Abutan also won by a UD against Mateo Handig in Biñan, Laguna.
Abutan fought but lost to Teeraphong Utaida by a split decision last March 22 for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific light flyweight crown in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also bowed to WBC Youth world minimumweight champion Natthaphon Chaiudom by UD in their championship fight held June 2, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.