Over the past few days we've started to hear about contests set for Dangan 116 on November 25th and, from what we understand, the card looks very interesting already.
The main event is scheduled to be a contest between the unbeaten and very promising Masayuki Ito (15-0-1, 6) and Filipino visitor Ryan Sermona (16-6, 9). Ito was last seen out in July when he upset "KO King" Masao Nakamura with a very well earned unanimous decision to really score his "break out win" so to speak. Although not a puncher Ito is a crafty and talented fighter and is yet another of the talented batch of fighters that Japan has around 130lbs and 135lbs. Sermona on the other hand was last losing a technical decision in Australia to Corey McConnelll in August. Sadly for Sermona the loss to McConnell was his second successive technical decision loss following a loss in April to Shingo Eto, in Japan. Interestingly Sermona is 1-4 outside of his native Philippines and 15-2 at home.
In the co-feature we'll get to see the very talented Yusaku Kuga (9-1-1, 6) battling against Kenta Takahashi (10-8-3, 3). This is a bit of a mismatch but the excellent Kuga will be served well with going a few rounds with an experienced opponent. We know that Kuga is sensationally talented fighter, as shown in his fight with Naoto Uebayashi and we'd not be shocked at all to see him winning a title in the next few years. Takahashi is win-less in 4 with losses coming to talented fighters like Gosuke Ski and, most recently, Ryuto Kyoguchi. With just 1 stoppage loss to his name Takahashi should be a sturdy test for the young Kuga who we like, a lot.
Another notable fighter on the show is former OPBF Light Welterweight challenger Valentine Hosokawa (17-4-3, 8) who fights for just the second time since his loss to Min Wook Kim in an entertaining war. Hosokawa will be up against Takeshi Goda (7-2-1, 2) who comes into the fight on a 4-fight undefeated streak, albeit against low level foes.
One final bout that already whets our taste buds is a contest between Kenji Kubo (5-2-1, 2) and Ryoichi Tamura (2-1-1) in a really good looking contest. Don't let the records of these two confuse you, they are very talented fighters who, unlike talented fighters in the west, have been matched hard and not had easy match making to create an artificially enhanced record. These two will give their all for 8 rounds in a real toss up that is likely to be as good as some main events on bigger shows. Kubo is unbeaten in 4 and has just beaten Kota Sato, in their second meeting following a draw. He's a former K1 fighter and his gym have got real expectations surrounding him, as shown by the fact he was matched with Nouldy Manakane and Rey Megrino in his first 2 bouts. Tamura on the other hand comes in after a 5th round technical draw with the much touted Yoichi Ide and will be partaking in his first 8 round bout.
As well as the bouts currently scheduled we've also been told that Daishi Nagata (0-0-1) will be in action in a 6 rounder and that another 6 round will be added to the card.
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