The biggest of the announced match ups involves super prospect Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) who will, as recently rumoured, be fighting WBC Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18). This will see Inoue attempting to set a Japanese national record for the fewest fights taken to win a world title.
Although Hernandez is a world champion, and recorded his 4th title defense this past weekend, there are some who view him as the weakest link at 108lbs. He's exciting though not exceptional and was involved in a really memorable loss to Pornsawan Porpramook and was dropped by Atsushi Kakutani last year which would make us think Inoue has a fantastic chance of claiming the world title here.
A victory for Inoue would see him beating the national record of 7 fights to become a world champion, a record currently held by Kazuto Ioka.
Whilst Inoue/Hernandez is by far the biggest announcement it wasn't the only world title announcement for the show. The other one saw Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9), the WBC Flyweight champion, set to defend his title. From what we understand Yaegashi, defending his belt for the 3rd time, will be fighting against Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8). This far from a great fight but when you look at the main event this just makes the card a Japan v Mexico double header and lets be honest, that sort of national rivalry is usually interesting.
What's better about Yaegashi's fight is that it's set to not be the only Flyweight contest on the show. We are expecting Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez (37-0, 31) to be on the undercard with the intention of setting up a Gonzalez/Yaegashi fight later this year. Gonzalez's opponent has yet to be named for what we believe will be a 10 round contest but Yaegashi has promised that if they both win then that will be up next.
As well as the big announcements with the tiny guys there was also an announcement about the Japanese Featherweight title. This bout will see the unbeaten Yuki Ogata (19-0-1, 3) facing off against Satoshi Hosono (24-2-1, 18). The belief is that Hosono will, if he wins, vacate the title relatively quickly to pursue a 3rd world title fight though looking past Ogata at this point is relatively dangerous considering his unbeaten record.
We believe that at Super Flyweight we will be seeing Ryo Matsumoto (9-0, 8) fighting against former world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-11-1, 10) whilst Minimumweight prospect Takuma Inoue (1-0) will be fighting a world ranked opponent in just his second contest, though no one has yet been named as of yet.
This show, or at least the most notable parts of it, will shown on free to air station Fuji TV and takes place on April 6th at the Ota City Gymnasium.
(Picture from left to right shows Takuma Inoue, Naoya Inoue, Akira Yaegashi, Satoshi Hosono and Ryo Matsumoto).