We've known for a while that 2014 is going to go out with a bang with 3 separate huge shows in Japan. Of those the most exciting is the Ohashi gym card from Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo on December 30th.
Although the card was announced weeks ago we had been awaiting the official poster for a while. That wait ended earlier today when Ohashi finally revealed the poster for the show.
The poster features the 4 Ohashi gym fighters who will be in action. At the back of the poster is Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1), who fights former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes (20-2-2, 9) in a huge step up for the youngster. In front of Takuma is former 2-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10), who will be attempting to claim the WBC Light Flyweight title as he battles Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15).
In the centre of the poster is rising superstar Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6), who will be hoping to claim the WBO Super Flyweight title and over-come Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2, 23) in what is one of the best fights remaining this year.
At the front of the poster is the highly touted Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10), who battles IBF ranked Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11) in a really interesting step up for a man who we suspect will be fighting for titles in 2015.
Although the poster features images of the 4 Ohashi fighters involved on the show it doesn't feature either of the big name Teiken fighters involved in the action. One of those is Olympic champion Ryota Murata (5-0, 4) who will be taking on experienced American Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3, 8) in what looks to be a good bout on paper though should be an easy win for Murata in the ring. The other Teiken fighter is former 2-weight world champion Jorge Linares (37-3, 24) who will be attempting to become the WBC Lightweight champion as he goes up against Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18) for the vacant title. We do however believe they are included in the written part of the poster.
For those fans out there that aren't interested in this bout we have to wonder if you're actually a real boxing fan. For our money this may be the best card of 2014 with not just the big names but also several very interesting and tough fights. The promoter has taken a risk here and we hope it pays off with bouts that live up to the expectation.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym
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