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Keita Obara to get world title shot in 2016!


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Last year we saw Japan's hard hitting Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太] fight to a draw with Nicaraguan tough-guy Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19), in a bout that most neutral observers described as a terrible robbery against the Japanese fighter, who was making his US debut. The bout, which was aired on a PBC broadcast, was mentioned by some as a "robbery of the year" contender whilst Obara's team lodged a complaint regarding the judging of the bout, which had seemed like a very clear Obara win.


That had been designated an IBF world title eliminator at 140lbs with the winner to get a shot at the world champion. Unfortunately the result of the draw had seen the IBF order a rematch between the two men with the winner set to fight for a world title and that order had seen Misako, Obara's promoter, jump straight in trying to get a rematch sorted as quickly as possible. They seemed confident their guy had been screwed the first time and were out to set the record straight immediately.


Now, according to multiple sources in Japan, the rematch has been called off with Castillo's team less eager to take part in the rematch than Obara's team. This has seen Castillo's team decline the immediate rematch and as a result the IBF have given Obara a mandatory title fight.



[h=2]Keita Obara to get world title fight later this year![/h]

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