The always entertaining Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7) will be returning to the ring on April 8th to defend his Japanese Flyweight title as part of the Champions Carnival. The champion will be defending his belt against former title challenger Tetsuma Hayashi (25-2-2, 9) in what almost certainly to be an all brawl between two very lively fighters who will both be putting it all on the line.
For those who haven't seen the 29 year old champion before you've really been missing out on one of the most exciting, brave and busy warriors in the sport. The Flash Akabane promoted fighter always gives us a tear up in the ring and his success has seen him earning top 10 rankings across the board with the 4 world title bodies.
The champion won the title in late 2013 when he narrowly out-pointed the equally entertaining Takuya Kogawa and has since defended it twice, stopping both challengers and showing an increased belief in his power. That power really came to the fore with his eye catching 1-punch KO against Yusuke Sakashita last time out, however his stoppage win over Masayuki Kuroda was also a notable scalp, considering that Kuroda had gone the 12 round championship distance with Juan Carlos Reveco.
As for Hayashi, a 26 year old challenger from the Celes gym, he actually came up short against Kogawa in a very exciting and action packed contest back in 2012. Sadly since the loss to Kogawa we've not really seen Hayashi lift his came and he did struggle against former world title challenger Junichi Ebisuoka and fought to a very disappointing draw against Hideyuki Watanabe last year. He is however a man who seems to fight to his opponents level and we suspect for this bout he will up his game.
If you enjoy a fast and all action tear up this really should really up your alley and we'd suggest marking April 8th on your calendar for what will be a sure fire FOTY contender.
(Image of Muranaka courtesy of http://flash-akabane.com)
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