As the present moment there are two on going cards in Japan, each headlined by a pair of world title fights. One of those cards is a Woz promoted show in Kyoto, with the main events from the card set to be aired live on TBS.
The under-card for the show has featured several notable names, with their results likely have an effect on the boxing scene for 2017.
The first of those notable fighters was OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (14-3, 4) [小澤 瑶生] who took a clear 6 round decision win over compatriot Yuki Koseki (4-2) [小関 有希]. The bout looked a mismatch on paper though ended up being a good work out for Ozawa who will be looking to either defend her title next year or potentially fight for a world title.
The second of the notable names was JBC and OPBF ranked Super Flyweight hopeful Masayoshi Hashizume (12-0, 9) [橋詰 将義] who scored a 4th round KO win over Thai visitor Chatpetch Saithonggym (0-1). The Thai came to fight, and credit to him, but Hashizume soon took control of the bout and hurt the Thai in reound 3 before finishing him the following round, with the Thai being counted out at the 2 minute 38 second mark of round 4. Hashizume will almost certainly be looking to get into the title mix in 2017 though Ioka do seem to be moving him very gradually considering he won Rookie of the Year back in 2014!
Another Japanese fighter beating a Thai was the world ranked Sho Ishida (23-0, 12) [石田 匠], who defeated Petchnamnung Srisaketpattana (0-1)* in 2 rounds. The Thai, we have been told was ranked #8 in Thailand, was never really in the bout and Ishida before Ishida closed the show in the later stages of the second round round. It now looks almost certain that Ishida will get a world title fight in 2017, and in fact his #1 WBA ranking may mean that a figth with Britain's Kal Yafai could happen, potentially in Spring when Ioka would be expected to hold their next show.
In a Japan Vs Philippines bout fans saw the world ranked Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平] take card of veteran Rocky Fuentes (35-9-2, 20) in 3 rounds. Omori, who was originally slated to fight for the IBF Bantamweight title on this show, took some of his furstrations out on the much smaller Fuentes and now looks set to figth for a world title in 2017, potentially with Lee Haskins who he was originally meant to face on this card.
*Given the Thai's ranking it would seem likely that boxrec.com have an incomplete record for Petchnamnung.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!