On May 31st we know much of the boxing attention will be focussing on Macau, for the excellent Top Rank card, and on London, for the Carl Froch/George Groves rematch. Rather wonderfully Japanese fans will also get treat to an excellent day of action as they have a very solid domestic card in Aichi.
We had known, for a while, that the card would be headlined by the return to the ring of Daiki Kaneko (19-3-3, 12), who will be fighting for the first time since his decision loss to Takashi Uchiyama last December. Kaneko isn't in with a great opponent in the form of Shogo Ishikawa (10-6, 3) but should be able to shak off some ring rust before stopping Ishikawa.
What we weren't sure about was the undercard which has been filled out now with two notable names.
The first of those will be former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (12-3, 12) who will be fighting French visitor Kevin Thomas Cojean (13-5-1 4). This bout has been contracted at 77KG, just over the Super Middleweight limit and is likely to be a tough contest for Ebisu as he steps up to a career highest weight.
In the other notable bout we will see former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (22-1-2, 15) battle against Thailand's Songseanglek Phosuwangym (1-10) in what is a clear mismatch. It's a bout that doesn't make a lot of sense to us but will help keep Akaho focussed on fighting his way back to a title fight and allow him to extend his stoppage run which currently stands at 4 fights since his loss to Yota Sato in December 2012.
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