The regular Dangan shows in Japan really are known for having bouts at very varying levels. Some shows are dedicated to 4 rounders with only novices on the card, others have OPBF and Japanese titles fights on the in what are effectively domestic super shows.
Dangan 112lbs falls somewhere between the two extremes. The majority of the card is low level domestic action that will not appeal to many international fans. The main event however is a significant one as two former world title challengers collide in what is effectively a make break contest for both men.
One of the fighters is former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (22-4, 13). Kogawa, who has held the Japanese Flyweight title as well as the aforementioned OPBF belt, is best known for his world title fight to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam back in 2011 though he was also involved in an awful decision earlier this year against Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep in a bout for the WBA interim Flyweight title.
The other fighter is Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-12-1, 10) a 4-time world title challenger who has been up against Takefumi Sakata, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Hugo Fidel Cazares and Omar Andres Narvaez. Although Hisitaka is the "nearly man" of Japanese boxing he does hold some notable wins including victories over Hussein Hussein, Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym and Sonny Boy Jaro. He was however beaten last time out by Ryo Matsumoto.
Both men are coming into this bout on the back of back-to-back losses and will know that a third successive loss will be hard to bounce back from. Despite both men being 29 years old they know that the loser here is looking down the barrel of what could be their careers. That gives this bout even more significance.
From what we understand this bout will be an 8 rounder fought at a contracted weight of 53KG, just under 117lbs and it's almost certain that we will have two men fighting to remain relevant in this great sport of ours. Expect this one to feature relentless action in the ring and be incredibly enjoyable from the opening round the final bell.
(Image courtesy of Dangan Boxng)
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