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Undefeated Andy Hiraoka of Japan will appear on the undercard of World Boxing Association super and International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Naoya ‘’Monster’’ Inoue’s defense of the titles at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, the United States, on Oct. 31 (Nov. 1 Japan time), Ohashi Boxing Gym said on Sept. 24.
The 24-year-old Hiraoka, the IBF’s 15th-ranked super lightweight, made his successful U.S. debut late last year under a contract with Top Rank Inc. He has a record of 15 straight wins, including 10 knockouts. His opponent has not been decided yet.
While Hiraoka, who was born to a Japanese mother and a Ghanaian father in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, was initially scheduled to fight on the undercard of Inoue and World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero of the Philippines in a three-belt title unification fight in Las Vegas, the event itself was called off due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to Ohashi gym, if Hiraoka wins in the coming bout, the gym will have him take a crack at the Japanese title next year. He will also aim at challenging the WBO Asia-Pacific crown, according to the gym.
In the main event, Inoue will defend his WBA and IBF titles for the third and second times, respectively against top-ranked WBO bantamweight Jason Moloney of Australia. The fight will be held behind closed doors.