Thursday night at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan sees WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Fidel Cazares put his belt at risk against local hero Hiroyuki Hisataka.
Cazares, 33-6-2 (24), has defended the WBA crown on two occasions since winning it from Nobuo Nashiro, ironically in the same venue as Thursday's bout will take place, this past May.
The 32 year old puncher from Los Mochis, Mexico previously held the WBO light fly strap from 2005-2007 and will be the more experienced man on Thursday, having participated in 12 world title bouts.
His opponent, 25 year old Osaka man Hisataka, 19-8-1 (8), is coming off a rematch victory over previously unbeaten Panomroonglek Kaiyarn-Hadaogym for the WBC international silver fly title and twice mounted failed bids for the WBA flyweight trophy over the past two years.
But Hisataka has never tested the waters at super fly, putting him at a distinct disadvantage against Cazares, who has competed at 115 pounds over his last six contests.
Hisataka will have to maximize his advantages in youth and the local venue if he is to walk out of Osaka with the WBA belt and he can best do that by attempting to outwork Cazares.
This bout will likely go the distance as neither fighter has been stopped in many years but Hisataka will have to pull off the performance of his career to win this one.