The first bout announced for the show is still the best and is going to be as good of a domestic none title fight as you will find anywhere in the world. That bout pits incumbent Japanese Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (28-5-1, 9) battling against the popular and insanely tough arakawa (25-4-1, 16) for the third time. At the moment the men are 1-1 and know that a win here, in a non-title 10 rounder, will give them bragging rights over the other. This fight really will be a a fight with both men being warriors made of iron and we wouldn't be surprised if this was a late contender for FOTY.
Whilst the best fight might not be a title bout two of the support contests are.
One of those will be at Middleweight where unified Japanese and OPBF title holder Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9) defends his belts against former unified champion Makoto Fuchigami (21-9, 12). Shibata is best known internationally as the man beaten by a debuting Ryota Murata though that was a case of a sensational fighter against a very good one. Shibata is talented himself and is a speed, intelligent boxer with smart movement. Fuchigami also known internationally for a loss, being stopped in a world title bout by Gennady Golovkin. Inside Japan however he may be better known for his all action war with Koji Sato. This is a great bout, though Fuchigami has been on a bad run recently with just 2 wins from his last 5 bouts and it could be that this is is his do-or-die fight or it could be that this is where he finds out he really isn't a championship level fighter any more.
The other title bout is just as interesting as former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (13-1, 4) battles against battles against Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-7, 7) for the recently vacated Japanese Super Bantamweight title. should be a great technical affair between talented but light hitting fighters. Oguni is known for his OPBF title reign that began when he shocked Roli Gasca and was ended when the sensational Shingo Wake stopped him, at the time we had no idea how good Wake was. As for Ishimoto his big win has come over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, however WV2 does appear to be a fighter looking down the barrel. Sadly Ishimoto suffered a heartbreaking defeat last time out to Chris Avalos in a world title eliminator and questions regarding how he'll recover from that need to be asked going into this bout.
As for the poster is shows the 6 top fighters all in clear imagery ahead of their fighters whilst also featuring the undercard fighters at the bottom. All in all a fantastic poster one one that really does it's just to advertise what is a brilliant show. Well done folks!
(Image courtesy of 8nakaya.co.jp)