Earlier today on th eOhashi Gym website we spotted the poster for the upcoming Ohashi promoted show "Phoenix Battle 53". The poster keeps in fitting with many of the recent Phoenix battles shows with the similar background to many other Ohashi promoted shows of this, domestic level, nature.
In the foreground however Ohashi and the team behind the poster have played the clever game with images of the 4 biggest names on the show, including the two main event fighters, a world champion and an OPBF champion.
At the back of the 4 fighters is OPBF Super Flyweight champion, and rising star, Ryo Matsumoto (13-0, 11), who will be fighting a stay busy fight against Thailand's Thanuthong Chor Kangwal (0-0). Matsumoto had a sensational 2014 with wins over the former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit, former world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka and the world ranked Rusalee Samor, and it's fair to say he's allowed an easy one, though this looks a little bit too easy.
On the left is WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (19-5-1, 4), who will also be fighting in non title fight as she battles against Momoko Kanda (8-6-2, 2). Miyao will be favoured here however Kanda is better than her record indicates and comes in with 4 straight wins since losing back-to-back fights in Mexico.
On the right of the poster is Satoshi Hosono (26-2-1, 20) a former 3-time world title challenger and the current Japanese Featherweight champion. Unlike the other title holders on this show he will be defending his belt as he battles against the man in the foreground, Rikiya Fukuhara (30-7-1, 22), in what is potentially a very explosive encounter between two heavy handed fighters.
The poster might not be anything special but it's nice to see they have got one out more than a month before the show on March 5th at the Korakuen Hall.
(Image courtesy of http://www.ohashi-gym.com)
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