The first of the two bouts will see Filipino warrior Ardin Diale (27-9-3, 14) battle against Japanese ranked Flyweight Yuta Matsuo (7-1-1, 4). For Matsuo this is, by far, his biggest step up in class though it's also a chance to move towards an OPBF title bout later in the year. Although it's a step up for Matsuo the 25 year old did score a notable win last December against Yota Hori and is certainly brimming with confidence. As for Diale this bout will see him returning to the Korakuen Hall for the first time since his enthralling loss to Koki Eto in an OPBF title fight last year. Notably the 26 year old Diale has won 4 bouts in a row since that loss and all 4 wins have come inside the distance.
The other bout will see Koki Eto's younger brother Shingo Eto (15-3-1, 9) returning to a Japanese ring since his October 2014 loss to Rikki Naito in a Japanese title fight. Eto will be battling against Tomoya Yamada (12-5, 3), who shocked us in December when he managed to out point former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo. Although this will be Eto's first bout in Japan since his loss to Naito he hasn't been completely inactive and has actually scored a notable stoppage victory in South Korea against Maxsaisai Sithsaithong for the IBF Asa Super Featherweight title. Sadly for Yamada we're struggling to spot anything other than the Konod win on his record