The 19 year old Sanpei is a genuinely thrilling prospect who won the All-Japan Rookie of the Year in 2013 and has shown real promise. He may "lack power" though at 19 he certainly hasn't matured and is still fighting without his man strength which will develop in the coming years. Fighting as a southpaw and stood at 5'6" it seems a given that Sanpei will move up at least one weight, though we're unsure if his future will be at 130, 135 or 140. Although a long way from his prime he is already ranked #13 by the JBC at Super Featherweight.
Sakura, real name Johnreil Maligro, is a Japanese based Filipino who is just 20 years old himself and, like Sanpei is a southpaw with a lot of promise. To date Sakura has scored 3 wins in Japan, where he is now based, including an excellent victory over Tatsuya Yanagi last time out. Just like Sanpei he's young and seems capable of fighting at either 130 or 135, though at the moment he is ranked #14 by the JBC at Lightweight.
Both men will be hunting their 3rd win of the year making it even more interesting.
This bout was announced for the under-card of Hisashi Amagasa's OPBF Featherweight title defence against Ryo Takenaka. Although it was the only bout officially announced we were also informed of two other fighters who will be on the undercard. One is former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-11-3, 18) and the other is female boxing beauty Tomomi Takano (5-1, 4), who will be returning to the ring for the first time since being stopped by Kai Johnson in June. Neither Seto not Takano have had their opponents for the show announced as of yet though we're not suspecting either to face anyone too testing.