The first bout announced for show was the rubber bout between Nihito Arakawa (25-4-1, 16) and Yoshitaka Kato (28-5-1, 9). This 10 round bout scheduled for a little over the Lightweight limit seemed to be a great bout for any domestic card. Soon afterwards the Arakawa/Kato bout was joined by a contest between OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9) and former champion Makoto Fuchigami (21-9, 12). Again this bout looked sensational and in terms of it's importance both in Japan and Asia it's a major bout and may well set the stage for Ryota Murata's final Japanese bout, if he fights at home in 2015.
As for the Ishimoto/Oguni bout, the men will be competing for a title which became vacant yesterday when Hidenori Otake vacated the belt to focus on a world title bout. On paper it's another great bout and one that will certainly push the winner towards a more significant contest in 2015. That's despite the fact that both men have been shown to be well below world level, at least at the moment. Oguni is probably best known as a former OPBF champion who upset Roli Gasca before losing his own belt, via stoppage, to the excellent Shingo Wake. As for Ishimoto he's best known for upsetting Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and the losing in an IBF world title eliminator to Chris Avalos.
The fans who can make it to the Korakuen Hall for December 6th are now clearly in for a treat whilst those who have access to NTV G+ can also view what looks to be one of the best domestic cards of the year. Well done to all the fighters involved as well as Hachioji Nakaya for putting the show together, it's just a shame that so few shows are this good on paper.