We knew that Mukai would be on this card due to his image appearing, pretty predominantly on the poster, but we didn't know, until today, who he would be fighting. Given the short notice of the fight we've got to admit that we are excited to hear that it will be Yap.
Mukai has won just one of his last 4 bouts after suffering stoppage losses to both Mark Anthony Geraldo and the then WBC Super Flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai as well as being held to a draw by Myung Ho Lee back in March this year. Those 3 result likely explain why he's fighting against Yap who is a tough but limited opponent.
Yap should be well known to hardcore Japanese fans. Over the last few years he has fought 5 times in Japan and won twice. Amongst those he has face on his travels have been Ryosuke Iwasa, Akihiro Matsumoto and Naoto Uebayashi. Impressively he has only been stopped once in his 29 fights and that was more than 4 years ago in a fight against Filipino Jessie Albaracin. Fair to say that going into this bout nobody is expecting a stoppage here.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)