To close out the month of April Japanese fans have a great show to look forward to. The show, "Kamikaze 3" is one of those rare Japanese domestic shows that has fans around the world talking about it due to the very, very interesting main event that pits Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto against former Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida. That fight, for many, is the big selling point and the reason why so many, especially in the US, are so interested in the contest.
As well as the Heavyweight bout there is also a Japanese Lightweight title fight between defending champion Yoshitaka Kato and challenger Yuhei Suzuki.
These two bouts, or rather the 4 fighters from those two bouts, adorn the poster with the Lightweight fighters given the top of the poster whilst the Heavyweight pairing take up the bottom part of the poster with the show details taking up the middle portion of the poster. Although it's not the best poster ever it is a good one and makes the two fighters everyone is talking about the clear the clear visual of the poster. Clever job by the promotional team.
(Courtesy of kadoebi.com)
The first major Asian show of the new year is on January 11th as Kadoebi put on a very interesting looking show with a main event that has us very excited and a card that is actually pretty interesting through out.
The main event will see Yoshitaka Kato defending his OPBF Lightweight title against fast rising youngster Masayoshi Nakatani in a bout that we are really, really looking forward too. Although Kato will be favoured we are leaning towards Nakatani scoring the upset in the first OPBF title of 2014 and one of the first notable world wide of the new year.
As well as the main event the card is also set to feature Yukinori Oguni and Kenji Kubo who are both promising youngsters even though both do currently have a loss on their record.
As with most fights now, it seems that we some how get 2 posters with the top one coming from Kadoebi whilst a second one has been put out by Nakatani's promoter Ioka. Of two two it's certainly the Kadoebi one that looks more like a show poster but the Nakatani one is genuine the better looking and more professional one, even if it is just based on Nakatani.
Although Asia has, over the years, held some memorable Heavyweight contests such as "The Thrilla in Manila" it's fair to say that the division hasn't been one that has really been a staple of the Asian fight scene.
Despite the lack of regular action in the division this Monday sees the first defense of the Japanese Heavyweight title by Kyotaro Fujimoto as he takes on #1 contender Kotatsu Takehara.
The show, put on by Kadoebi appears to be dubbed "Japan's strongest I" and on paper looks to be an excellent 7 fight card.
Despite how great the card is the poster is unfortunately pretty poor and not one we're a fan of, though of course the action in the ring is far more important than the action poster.
October 5th sees the "518th Dynamic Glove" show courtesy of Kadoebi. The show, at the Korkuen Hall, features two title bouts and several recognisable names in what looks to be an excellent afternoon of action.
The card features 6 bouts in total with the headline bout being an OPBF Lightweight title bout between Yoshitaka Kato and Rey Labao whilst Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama defends his title against Cobra Suwa in the co-feature. As well as the two title bouts we also expect to see Yukinori Oguni, a former OPBF champion himself.
The poster, which we admit looks to be in excellent HD does look a bit cluttered but we'll admit we like it, and really hope that the show turns out to be as good as it looks on paper.