Whilst the show is littered with established fighters fighting in notable bouts it will also feature a highly anticipated debut as the touted Koki Inoue (0-0) kicks off his professional career. The talented Inoue, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma, recently claimed his B license and has since had his debut opponent announced.
The former amateur stand out will be up against Indonesian visitor Arif Maud (1-2, 1)* in a 6 round bout scheduled to be fought at 140lbs.
Whilst we know that Inoue was a former amateur stand out, who is trained by his uncle Shingo, we really don't know much about the Indonesian, who is thought to have an incomplete record. What we do know is that he has been stopped in 2 of his 3 recorded bouts, with one of those losses coming to Larry Siwu, who has since gone on to claim a WBO regional title at 147lbs, and has scored a stoppage win over Jack Madison.
If Hiroki has half the talent of his two cousins then this should be over very quickly with Hiroki then likely to face a real test in 2016. Whilst Maud may not be any sort of a test for the Japanese youngster it's nice to see Inoue begin in 6 rounders with the plan likely being to push him towards 8 rounders next year and possibly even begin a chase of a Japanese title in 2017.