Earlier today we saw some under-card details emerge for the upcoming Slugfest 12 card, which will be promoted by Kadoebi in December. Whilst the under-card isn't the deepest, or at least what's been confirmed for the show isn't deep, there was one bout that genuinely stood out as being something to be very, very excited about.
That match up is a clash between touted novice prospects Ran Tomomatsu (1-0) [友松藍] and Mikio Sakai (1-0) [酒井幹生], two men who are expected to go on to big things, at least on the domestic scene.
The 26 year old Sakai is a bright hopeful from the Kadoebi gym, who ran up a 44-22 (19) record and was a solid amateur, with a style that was expected to make him a successful professional fighter. His debut came in August, when he beat Elfelos Vega, and although he didn't blow anyone away in his debut it was still a solid debut for the Middleweight hopeful.
Tomomatsu made his debut back in June, when he beat the then 6-0 Sang Geun Lee in a really fan friendly 6 round slug fest. He went 32-9 (16) as an amateur, and was the runner up in the 2016 All Japan amateur championships, at Light Heavyweight. Although he looked less polished than Sakai he did look very exciting in his professional debut.
As mentioned these two will clash on Slugfest 12, a card that will place on December 16th at Korakuen Hall. At the moment the bout is pencilled in as the chief support for a card being headlined by OPBF Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe (38-7-1, 32) [渡部あきのり]
Earlier this week Kadoebi revealed that the main event of their upcoming "Slugfest 10" card would be Jayr Raquinel (10-1-1, 7) defending the OPBF Flyweight title against Takuya Kogawa (30-5-1, 13) [粉川拓也] at Korakuen Hall. Now the promoter has gone on to reveal details from the under-card of that show, and it's become a really good card, as we expect from Kadoebi.
The chief support bout will see highly regarded Japanese prospect Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4) [山内涼太] look to bounce back from a controversial loss in China to Wulan Tuolehazi, as he takes on world ranked Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (13-2-5, 5). The Filipino visitor has won his last 7 in a row, including notable wins over Madiyar Zhanuzak, Ronguo Wu and Esneth Domingo and is on a good run, whilst Yamauchi will be looking to get back on the fast track to the top with a win. This is, our eyes, a better match up than the main event.
Another leading support bout will see Yuichiro Kasuya (12-2-1, 3) [粕谷雄一郎] and Takayuki Sakai (9-1-2, 6) [酒井孝之] clash in a bout between two JBC ranked Lightweights. Interestingly both men enter with JBC rankings, but each also has a regional ranking, with Kasuya having a WBO Asia Pacific rankings and Sakai having an OPBF ranking.
In a notable contest Mikio Sakai (0-0), will make his professional debut after going 44-22 (19) in the amateurs. The debutant will be matched hard with Japanese based Colombian puncher Elfelos Vega (7-6, 5). Vega has lost 4 of his last 5, but has shared the ring with the likes of Takeshi Inoue and Charles Bellamy during that stretch.
One other fighter of note in action on this show will be Yoji Saito (1-1-1, 1) [齊藤陽ニ], though his opponent hasn't been named. This will be his first bout since fighting to a draw with Aso Ishiwaki earlier in the year.
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