Earlier today boxingraise added the next live card to their schedule, the October 25th show "Dangan 168". The card is one that promises a lot and is great inclusion in the service, which has disappointed at times for live content.
The main event of the card isn't the most appealing of bouts, as Japanese Flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa (27-4, 13) [粉川 拓也] defends his title against Yudai Arai (8-3-3, 4) [新井 雄大]. Despite being huge Kogawa fans this is a less than great bout, however the under-card is wonderfully well matched and features strength in numbers, giving the card a more intriguing feel than a top heavy show.
The undercard bouts include a brilliant even looking 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Japanese #1 ranked contender Yuta Matsuo (11-2-1, 6) [ユータ松尾] and the un-ranked, but decent, Ryuto Oho (9-2-1, 2) [大保 龍斗]. If this was the only under-card bout of intrigue then we'd have accused the card of being top heavy but instead there are 3 other 8 rounders on the card, each of which is an interesting match up.
One of those is a Super Featherweight bout between the once beaten Masaru Sueyoshi (12-1, 7) [末吉 大] and and the faltering Kazuma Sanpei (12-3, 4) [三瓶 数馬]. Sanpei has gone 3-3 in his last 6 but shouldn't be over-looked here as he has faced strong competition. Sueyoshi on the other hand is looking to build on a win over Shingo Eto and move towards an OPBF title fight in 2017.
Another of those 8 rounders will see young novice Yuichiro Kusaya (9-0, 1) [粕谷 雄一郎] facing veteran Masaki Saito (13-11-5, 4) [斉藤 正樹]. On paper this might not look great to those who don't follow the Japanese scene but the reality is that Saito is much better than his record suggests and both of these men are ranked by the JBC, meaning both will risk their rankings.
The remaining 8 rounder will see Dai Iwai (18-4-1, 7) [岩井 大] take on the heavy handed Takehiro Shinohara (7-4-2, 7) [篠原 武大]. Again this doesn't look for those who can't put the bout into context but those who follow the scene more will know this is a dangerous contest for Iwai, who was stopped just 2 fights ago by Masayuki Ito. Shinihara holds a very good win over Daisuke Watanabe and has got the power to trouble a guy like Iwai, if he can land and this could be a really intriguing contest.
Whilst fans of Boxingraise may have had issues with the frequency of shows this one really does look like it could be a treat for subscribers and we'd be shocked if this failed to capture the attention of those watching live.
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