On October 1st Japanese fans in Tokyo are in for a treat with the recently announced rematch between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也]. That bout, announced back in August, is a brilliant main event bout for a domestic card, but today we've seen some of the under-card fighters being announced and the card really has been strengthened by those additions.
One of those fighters added to the card is the unbeaten Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3) [辰吉寿以輝], who looks to record his 6th win and will be making his Tokyo in the process. The popular Tatsuyoshi, the son of the enigmatic Joichuiro Tatsuyoshi, hasn't had his opponent named but we're not expecting too testing for the youngster who will likely be in with an imported fighter for a 6 rounder, building on his showing against Rio Nainggolan earlier this year.
Also announced for the card, but also with out an opponent, is former Japanese amateur stand out Sho Nakazawa (8-1, 4) [中澤 奨]. Nakzawa was seen earlier this year suffering an upset defeat to Teiru Atsumi and will be looking to bounce back from that loss here. With that in mind we suspect he'll be in with someone rather limited and will be looking for a confidence building win rather than anything to testing.
The most notable addition to the card is former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文]. Shimoda has been lined up to fight for the Japanese Featherweight title next year, against the winner of the September 24th bout between Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] will face veteran Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之], and will be looking to prepare for that bout. Up against Shimoda will be Filipino Gadwin Tubigon (14-11-2, 9), who shouldn't pose much of a threat to Shimoda, however the Japanese fighter has fought just 25 rounds in the last 3 years and will likely have a lot rust to shake.
Also for fans wanting to watch this outside of the Korakuen Hall, the show will be aired live on G+!
Yasutaka Ishimoto and Gakuya Furuhashi set for rematch!
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