Shinya Aoki will look to add another title to his resume when he challenges Kotetsu Boku for the ONE FC lightweight championship.
While Aoki might be the bigger name, Boku knows a win could propel him to the next level.
“Aoki has always gotten more media attention than me, even in Japan,” said Boku to MMA Weekly. “He was always the main event when we fought on the same card. I’m used to it. But after this fight, I’m going to get more attention than him.”
Aoki has spent most of tenure in Japan, working extensively out of DREAM. Of their 18 shows to date, he has fought on 13 of them. In 2009, he won their lightweight championship. He has defended it twice out of the promotion and continues to make appearances in non-title fights. Aoki submitted Arnaud Lepont in the first round of his ONE FC debut in October.
Boku has fought mostly for Shooto. He competed on the inaugreal DREAM card, taking a decision loss to Joachim Hansen. He too fought on the October card for ONE FC, where he became their first lightweight champion. He has not fought since.
They meet at ONE FC: Kings and Champions on April 5. It takes place in Singapore and can be seen across Asia on ESPN international. For other parts of the world, the card will be streamed online at www.onefc.livesport.tv for $9.99.