The card will be headlined by a Japanese Light Welterweight title bout between Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン] and Vladimir Baez (24-3-2-22), in what is a Champion Carnival bout, but it could be Yamauchi stealing the show again as he takes on his first domestic opponent.
The unbeaten 23 year old will be taking on JBC ranked veteran Yota Hori (13-6-2, 8) [堀陽太], who is currently ranked in the top 10 by the JBC at Flyweight in an 8 round bout at Super Flyweight.
Although relatively unknown outside of the hardcore Japanese fans Yamauchi made his debut last June, stopping a Thai novice before stopping Abutan in a break out performance to smash his way into the OPBF rankings. That win over the Filipino saw Yamauchi show his power, ring generalship and skills as he saw off the visitor with a wonderful performance. For a man in just his second bout it was a huge statement and put him on the fast track to a title fight. A win over Hori would push the youngster well on his way to getting a Japanese title fight, and should help push him further up the OPBF rankings.
Hori has struggled for form recently, going 1-4 in his last 5, but has mixed with good competition, scoring draws against Atsushi Kakutani and Koki Eto, suffering his only stoppage to Ardin Diale and scoring notable domestic wins over Musashi Suzuki, Kenta Okamura and Yudai Arai, among others. Although out of form he is a very credible test for any fighter, especially those in just their third bout, and a win for Hori would get his career back on track.
Whilst it may be very early in his career, we suggest that fans keep an eye on Yamauchi, as he really does look like a man with a lot of potential and someone to get very excited about.