Last month we reported that Tomomi Takano (5-0, 4) had stated she would be fighting Kai Johnson (4-5-3, 1) on June 24th. That card now looks like it's coming together with several other bouts confirmed for the show and a lot of details coming out about the card.
The main event was the first bout to follow Tomomi's in terms of the news. That bout was announced last week with Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 17) set to defend his OPBF Featherweight title for the second time. Although no opponent has yet been named for Amagasa we're expecting a pretty decent foe but not one likely to upset Amagasa who is on the verge of a world title fight.
Over the past day or two we've seen several other bouts pencilled in for the show with the highest profile contest being one between the experienced Mikihito Seto (34-11-2, 18) and former Rookie of the Year runner up Takenori Ohashi (11-3, 7). Of course this isn't a mind blowing contest but it does look like a very good domestic clash between two men looking for a big win.
Another of the bouts will see former OPBF and Japanese title challenger Toyoto Shiraishi (24-8-1, 11) tackle the brave but limited Mako Matsuyama (7-8-1, 3), best known for his war in Macau with Rex Tso. We have a suspicion that this bout, whilst not great on paper, could be a show stealer with both men likely to throw a lot and eat a lot of shots.
The only other fully scheduled bout for the card will see the hotly tipped Ryuto Maekawa (8-0, 5) battle against Takushige Sato (5-4-1, 2). Aged 18 there is plenty of excitement behind Maekawa who made his debut aged just 15 in Thailand. Sato will be a tough test for the youngster but we only see this bout going one way.
One man who's opponent hasn't yet been confirmed to us is Kazuma Sanpei (10-0, 4), the 2013 All Japan Rookie of the Year at Super Featherweight. Aged 19 and with a developing style Sanpei does look very talented and, given time, he could well emerge as one of the ones to watch over the next few years.
(Image, of Tomomi Takano, courtesy of i.daily.jp)
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