What a difference 24 hours makes. This time yesterday we were expecting to have just 1 big Japanese show on New Years Eve, today we wake up with the genuine excitement that we are set to see the announcement of a second huge, and we mean huge, show.
Original expectation was that the Watanabe show, to be televised on TV Tokyo, was going to be the only show of the day. That show looked good, though not great. It was announcd to feature a trio of world title bouts headlined by the popular Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17) defending his WBA Super Featherweight title against Israel Hector Enrique Perez (27-2-1, 16), though did leave some fans feeling that that show was a slight let down with the most interesting bout being a WBA Light Flyweight bout between first time challenger Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8) and current champion Alberto Rossel (32-8-0-1, 13).
Over the last 24 hours however it's come to light that Kazuto Ioka (15-1, 9) will be fighting on New Years Eve, albeit in a non-title fight, alongside stablemate and close friend Ryo Miyazaki (21-1-3, 12), and that OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19) could be fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9).
Together those 4 names would make for an excellent show though the rumour mill appears to gone in to over-drive and we've seen Miyazaki's name linked to IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (22-2-1, 18) in what would be a sensational fight between two very exciting warriors, we've heard that Ioka could be fighting John Riel Casimero (20-2, 12) in a fantastic non-title bout, and we've also seen the mooted IBF Minimumweight title bout between Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) and Go Odaira (11-3-3, 1) linked to this show.
What gives everything credibility for being on the same card is that Spanish language media have reported that the bout between Amagasa and Rigondeaux would be in Osaka, the home town of Ioka, Miyazaki and Takayama. The same source has also indicate that the venue will hold 10,000 people, something similar to what the Bodymaker Colosseum holds, a venue that Ioka has made his boxing home in recent years.
If this all comes off as speculated it would be just as good, if not better, than the Watanabe show. A surprising statement given that just 24 hours we thought TBS had binned their plans to show any boxing this New Years Eve. Even if things don't go all as rumoured we're still expecting an interesting card with at least some very exciting match ups.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!