On May 15th Japanese fans get an interesting card at the Korakuen Hall, there are two low key fights on the card which have caught our eye, even though both are likely to be mismatches.
One of those bouts will see the very highly touted Tsubasa Koura (9-0, 6) [小浦 翼] take on Thai visitor Thongchai Chaiyonggym (0-5). On paper this should be little more that a simple work out for the unbeaten Koura, who really impressed in December when he stopped former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero last December, but the Thai has proven to be capable enough of going a few rounds with decent fighters. He has mixed with the likes of Tatsuya Fukuhara, Ryo Miyazaki and Masataka Taniguchi. Whilst those 3 men did stop the Thai he has never been blown away and has taken two world class fighters into the third round, potentially showing the durability to test Koura in what is supposed to be little more than a tune up.
The other bout of some interest will see former world title challenger Shin Ono (19-8-4, 3) [小野 心] take on former Koura foe Chanai Jaikrajang (0-3). For Ono the bout will see him seek his first win since an April 2016 win over Thawi Chaisat, since then he has had a technical draw with Tatsuya Fukuhara and suffered a loss to WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart. As for Chanai he suffered a 4th loss on debut to Koura but put up a good effort last time out on route to losing a decision to Toshiki Yanari last November. The Thai will be the under-dog but should prove to be a tough enough foe for Ono, who has never been a puncher.
Whilst these two bouts are both note worthy, due to the local talent, they will only act as supporting bouts for a mouth watering card of Japanese Youth action.
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