Two of those bouts will come on March 7th in a Kadoebihoseki promoted card at the Korakuen Hall.
One of those bouts will see Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (21-1, 7) attempt to defend his title for the 5th time. Takayama, who won the title in December 2012, will be up against #1 ranked contender Nobuyuki Shindo (16-2, 6).
For Takayama this is a chance to continue putting pressure on the OPBF to let him fight for their title and also a chance to record his 10th straight win. Without trying to sound harsh however Takayama is one of the weaker Japanese national champions. For the 28 year old Shindo, a lanky southpaw, this will be his first title bout however it's not the first time he'll have fought someone of note, in fact he's fought Takayama before, losing a 5 round split decision to Takayama back in 2008. Interestingly the challenger will enter this bout on a 4 fight winning including 3 stoppages suggesting he is "growing into" his man strength.
The other bout will see Takayama's stablemate Hiroki Okada (9-0, 7) defending the Light Welterweight title for the second time. Okada will be defending against #1 ranked contender, and former title challenger, Hayato Hokazono (18-4-1, 11). Coming in to this bout Hokazono has won back-to-back fights though did suffer a pair of stoppage losses to Keita Obara and has been stopped 3 times in 23 bouts suggesting his chin isn't the best. Interestingly the challenger is now more than 4 years removed from his most notable win, a decision against Kazuyoshi Kumano.
The unbeaten Okada, who won his belt last March, has seen his last 2 bouts both go the distance, after stopping his first 7 foes, he is however heavy handed and may be able to inflict the 4th stoppage defeat onto Hokazono.
(Image of Okada courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com)