On April 22nd we'll see a number of their youngsters, and one of their most notable veterans, in action as we get the next in the "Art of Boxing" series of shows. Sadly no opponents for the Morioka fighters have been officially announced, but we do know some of the fighters involved after the poster for the show and some basic details were released.
The headline bout will feature talented youngster Hinata Maruta (6-1, 5) [丸田 陽七太], who returns to a Japanese ring for the first time since he 2017 loss to OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake. We expect to see Maruta fighting for a regional title again later in the year, though from what we under-stand his bout on this card isn't expected to be a major test.
In one of the main support bouts will be former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (25-7-1, 22), who fights for the second time as a Morioka fighter. The 34 year old is a trainer at the gym, but also remains an active fighter, and will be fighting for the second time since his 2015 loss to Naoya Inoue. From what we understand Parrenas is looking to move himself back into the title mix later in the year, but will himself be in a low key bout on this show.
Back to the younger fighters there will also be an appearance from 20 year old Naoto Iwai (4-2, 2) [岩井尚斗], who looks to put a poor 2017 behind him, following a 1-2 record for the year, and will be hoping to get his career back on the right tracks. Also the card will feature 18 year old Homare Yasui (2-0-1, 2).
We're expecting opponents for the show to be confirmed shortly, but we'r not expecting anyone too testing, with bigger bouts to come later in 2018.