The current DEEP middleweight champion Young “RYO” Choi relinquished his title, therefore, in the upcoming DEEP82, ONE veteran Tatsuya Mizuno and Taisuke “Goten” Okuno will be fighting for the vacant title.
Mizuno signed with ONE in 2016 but after posting 1-2 record he was released from a Singapore-based promotion.
Okuno has been fighting at 170 and he is coming off from a loss against Ryuichiro Sumimura but he is going up to 185 for this fight.
This obviously means that there isn’t much top talents in DEEP’s 185 lbs roster.
Also, Yuki Motoya will be fighting in DEEP 82.
Motoya lost to Kyoji Horiguchi via unanimous decision in April of last year. After this loss, he took a trip to Brazil to train at the Chute Boxe Academy. Motoya also left team CB IMPACT. And now, he is back in Japan and making a comeback after 10-month layoff.
His opponent is yet to be confirmed.
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doos Open –
Fight Starts –
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Middleweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan / Independent) vs Taisuke “Goten” Okuno (Japan / CAVE)
Daisuke Endo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai IGGY HAND’S GYM) vs Chiaki Wakana (Japan / Ranger Gym)
Takashi Ono (Japan / FREEDOM@OZ) vs Yuta Hashimoto (Japan / CAVE)
Yuki Motoya (Japan / Independent) vs TBA
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)