April 16th is just over a month away though for many fight fans that wait is still too long as we look forward to one of the first major Japanese cards of the year.
The card, headlined by unbeaten WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16), will feature the professional debuts of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (0-0) and Shuya Masaki (0-0) and the next bout for both Sho Nakazawa (5-0, 4) and Tatsuya Ikemizu (12-0, 5). Of those 5 men 4 were recently pictured together at Teiken gym as they continued to put in work ahead of the show.
Part of the hype for this card has been the debut of Tatsuyoshi, the son of the great Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. Juiki has recently spoken to the media in Japan and said he's confident of the win after spending time sparring with the likes of Yasutaka Ishimoto, a former world ranked fighter.
Although Nakazawa has yet to have his opponent for the card named the show it's self looks like it's going to feature some really interesting action. Not only does Yamanaka take on an unbeaten challenger bu Ikemizu battles an under-rated foe and Nakazawa is expected to face a solid opponent and Masaki is also hope to make a statement. We won't pretend it's going to be the best show of the year but it will almost certainly be a very solid one.
(Image of Ikemizu, Yamanaka, Tatsuyoshi and Nakazawa, courtesy of Sports Hochi)
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