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Yoshiki Takei to face OPBF champion Pete Apolinar in August!

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Yesterday the Ohashi Gym announced that former K-1 World Grand Prix Super Bantamweight Champion Yoshiki Takei (4-0, 4) [武居由樹], who has genuinely impressed since turning to professional boxing, will be returning to the ring on August 26th in a major step up, as he takes on OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Pete Apolinar (16-2, 10).
 
Takei, who only made his debut in March 2021, has risen quickly through the rankings and only needed 5 rounds to win his first 4 bouts, including a 2nd round TKO win over Shingo Kawamura. He stated that he has gotten this title shot earlier than expected, but despite that he was confident and stated that he would win.
 
As for Apolinar this bout will mark his first title defense, after winning the title earlier this year when he stopped Jhunriel Ramonal in 10 rounds. Notably he has actually gotten some connections to the Ohashi Gym, having sparred with Ohashi star Naoya Inoue, who used Apolinar to prepare for Nonito Donaire in his recent bout. That level of sparring and wins over the likes of Ramonal will see him coming into the bout with a lot of confidence, despite the fact Takei is a feared and fearsome puncher.
 
The bout will headline Phoenix Battle 91st, and will take place at Korakuen Hall, with Hikari TV televising the bout live.
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