Kazuki Tanaka to take huge step up on December 5th, Yu Kawaguchi to return on same card, Shindo Go also in action!
It's fair to say that Green Tsuda are not one of the most famous gyms in Japan, however they are a well established one which has had involvement in he career's of former world champions and appears to be a gym that remains popular. Recently they announce their next big show, which is set for December 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka.
The card looks to be a stacked one though several bouts really have stood out more than the others.
For us the most intriguing of the bouts sees the much touted Kazuki Tanaka (3-0, 3) take a massive step up in class to face OPBF ranked Filipino Monico Laurente (27-12, 6). The 22 year old Tanaka has been dubbed as being a star of the future though this is a huge step up in class compared to his previous opposition. For Laurente however it's a chance to end a 6 fight losing in Japan, where he has never won during his 39 fight career.
Another notable bout sees former OPBF Bantamweight champion Yu Kawaguchi (23-7, 10) battling against Keisuke Tabuchi (9-3-2, 7). This will be Kawaguchi's first bout since he lost the OPBF title to Takahiro Yamamoto in August, in what was the second meeting between the two men. For the 22 year old Tabuchi this is a tough ask, especially given that he has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts, however he may well be getting Kawaguchi at the right time given the damage that Kawaguchi suffered last time out.
The third bout of note sees former female world champion Shindo Go (15-3, 10) facing off against a yet to be named foe in an 8 rounder. Hopefully Go's opponent will be named shortly though what we do know is that this will be her second bout since she lost the WBC female Flyweight title against Arely Mucino.
Tomorrow fans in the Philippines will get the chance to see a really good looking card at the Manila hotel. Today saw the fighters involved in that show taking part in their weigh ins and thankfully all the fighters made weight, including the 8 men involved in title bouts.
The highest honour being fought for tomorrow is the OPBF Featherweight title, which will be up for grabs when the experienced Vinvin Rufino (36-16-3, 16) battles the promising Mark Gil Melligen (21-4-1, 12). On the scales Rufino was the bigger man, coming in on the limit at 126lbs, whilst Melligen was a full 1lb lighter than his foe.
Although the OPBF belt is the highest honour being fought for there are two other regional titles on the line, both in the form of the WBO Asia Pacific titles.
One of the WBO Asia Pacific title bouts will see Juan Martin Elorde (16-1-1, 7) defending his belt at Super Featherweight against Japanese challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-10-2, 2). On the scales Elorde was bang on the limit at 130lbs whilst Yamamoto was well inside the limit at just 127lbs, closer to the limit for Featherweight than Super Featherweight.
The other WBO Asia Pacific title bout takes places at Super Bantamweight and will see Juan Miguel Elorde (17-1, 9) fight Thai visitor Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-2, 12). For this bout it was the Filipino who was well inside the limit with Elorde weighing 120lbs for a bout made at 122lbs. On the other Tabthong was himself wlel inside the limit at 121lbs.
The remaining title bout is a Filipino Bantamweight title bout which will see defending champion Monico Laurente (25-12, 6) defending his title against the very capable Marco Demecillo (20-2-1, 15). For this bout both men came in at 118lbs, bang on the Bantamweight limit.
(Image of Melligen and Rugino courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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