One of the bouts on that card sees former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12) making his ring return, his first since since being "iced" by Marvin Sonsona in Macau back in February 2014. Shimoda will be up against former Japanese Featherweight title challenger Gosuke Seki (16-1-2, 3) in what looks to be a real must win for both men.
On the scales this morning both men weighed in exactly on the Featherweight limit of 126lbs.
For Seki that's been his typical weight in recent times and is identical to what he weighed in at for in 3 of his last 4 bouts, including his sole loss to Satoshi Hosono. Interestingly for Shimoda it's a career high weight, though he was 125¾lbs against Sonsona.
Coming in to the bout Shimoda needs a win to remain relevant, at all, though unfortunately for him he has been the victim to two KO of the Year type losses in high profile bouts. He isn't likely to be KO'd spectacularly against Seki but he will certainly have some ring rust. Seki may not be a puncher but he's ambitious and would clearly love to add the name of the former world champion to his resume.
It's a great match up and one that and one that really could tell us where both men are going in their respective career's.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)