Just over a week ago we reported that Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] would be making his next defense of the OPBF Minimumweight title against Filipino challenger Lito Dante (15-10-4, 7) on March 31st in Kanagawa. At the time details on specifics weren't available though now we have seen more information come out about the show.
The bout will indeed be held on a Dangan card, but it's a Dangan and E&J Cassius Gym joint promoted show, with the event being held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the E&J Cassius Gym, run by Cassius Naito. The venue of the show in Yokohama has also been selected due to it being an historical place of for Japanese boxing, with one of the first gyms being there and other events being held in and around Yokohama back then.
As well Koura's bout it has also been announced that Mirai Naito (6-1, 2) [内藤 未来] will feature in the main supporting bout whilst his older brother Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] will participate in a sparring session. Both Naito and Rikki are son's of promoter Cassius.
A more complete look at the show is expected in the coming weeks, with Mirai Naito's opponent being named and Rikki Naito's sparring partner.
Yesterday fight fans in Japan had the first chance to see a Dangan card in 2017. The show, Dangan 173, was a small Rookie based show with no major names on it, but did feature several fighters with genuine promise.
One of those was youngster Mirai Naito (2-0, 1) [内藤 未来], who scored a 3rd round victory over the previously unbeaten Seika Mifune (0-1-1) [三船 世翔]. Whilst Naito isn't a big name he does come from goodpedigree with his father being Cassius Naito, a former OPBF and JBC Middleweight champion, and his older brother being Rikki Naito, a former Japanese Super Featherweight champion.
Whilst it seems few are viewing Mirai as a fighter with the potential of his brother he is showing some promise and these low profile bouts will help develop that potential whilst keeping him out of the limelight and away from the pressure that that his brother was under during his early career.
For fans who missed this one but are interested in seeing the bout, and the rest of the show, the card is featured in the boxingraise subscription and is already online for those that subscribe.
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