Masayuki Ito won’t be the only Japanese standout fighting in Kissimee, Florida on May 25th. Before Ito defends his WBO super featherweight belt against Jamel Herring, former interim flyweight champ Koki Eto will face two-time Puerto Rican Olympian Jeyvier Cintron.
Eto (24-4-1, 19 KO) edged Kompayak Porpramook for the interim WBA belt in 2013 thanks to a pivotal knockdown in the 12th round, but lost the title to Sirichai Thaiyen soon after. After picking up a trio of knockouts, he challenged Carlos Cuadras for the WBC super flyweight title, losing a unanimous decision in his native Japan.
He’s since won seven straight over marginal competition, six by knockout, and sits in all four sanctioning bodies’ top 10s at 115.
Cintron (10-0, 5 KO) signed with Top Rank back in 2017 ahead of his professional debut and has had some fairly standard prospect matchmaking. He fought seven times in 2018 alone and will be facing Eto less than two months after his last victory.
Though he debuted at bantamweight, this will be the 24-year-old’s fourth fight at 115 pounds.
Another fight that BoxRec has listed on the card but which I can’t find confirmation of is Jose Pedraza vs. Antonio Lozada. “Sniper” Pedraza (25-2, 12 KO) defeated Ray Beltran in impressive fashion last October to win the WBO lightweight title and did as well as could be expected against Vasiliy Lomachenko four months later. Lozada (40-2-1, 34 KO) derailed Felix Verdejo in March of last year, a feat that’s even rougher for Verdejo considering Lozada recently drew with a 12-7-1 opponent.