One of those bouts will see the unbeaten Shohei Omori (11-0, 6) taking on former world title challenger Christian Esquivel (27-4, 20).
At the weigh in earlier today Omori was notably taller than the Mexican fighter and he was also the Heavier fighter. The bout, set to be fought at a contracted 120lbs, saw Omori coming in dead on the limit at 120lbs, ever so slightly heavier than Esquivel who was 119.7lbs.
This will be the biggest test in the career of Omori and a win should see him rewarded with a WBC world ranking, after all Esquivel is the #9 ranked WBC Bantamweight. For the Mexican, he'll be hoping it's 3rd time lucky have previously been beaten in two prior contests in Japan, being stopped by both Shinsuke Yamanaka and Malcolm Tunacao.
Although this bout has taken a back seat courtesy of the Murata bout it's still an excellent contest and one we're genuinely excited about.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)