On paper the more significant of those bouts is an OPBF title fight that sees defending champion Masayuki Ito (17-1-1, 8) making the first defense of his title as he takes on Shingo Eto (17-3-1, 9) in what looks like a genuinely brilliant match up between two fighters looking to establish themselves as a future world title challenger.
Ito, as mentioned, will be defending the title for the first time. He won the belt earlier this year when he really impressed on route to stopping Dai Iwai in 10 rounds, ending what was a very 1-sided bout. That bout was Ito's first since he suffered his sole loss, a controversial and close on to Rikki Naito back in February and he showed no ill effects of having lost his unbeaten record.
In the ring Ito is a very skilled boxer-mover, who, in recent fights, has started to show more spite with his punches. That spite has seen him score 5 of his 8 stoppages in his last 7 bouts. Those wins have included the victory over Iwai, a stoppage over Jeffrey Arienza, a stoppage over Ryan Semrona and a decision win against Masao Nakamura, in a bout that really helped establish Ito as one to keep an eye on.
Although Ito is talent he's had to come through “the hard way”. He debuted way back in May 2009 and wasn't really given any attention until December 2012, when he won the All Japan Rookie of the Year, at Featherweight. Since then however he has strong together some good wins, won a WBC Youth title and, more recently, the OPBF title. He has also shown remarkable improvements and developed into a man that we suspect will go on to fight for world honours, some where down the line.
Eto, the youngest of the 3 fighting Eto brothers, is a man who had attention from early in his career, with the expectation that the Eto's would be the next Kameda's. Sadly for Shingo however his career didn't get off to a hot start and after 7 professional bouts he was 5-1-1 (5), including an opening round KO loss to Kentaro Maimuangkorn Promotion. Despite the less than stellar start Eto has rebuilt well going 12-2 (4) since.
Whilst Eto's isn't yet making a mark on the world stage he has scored a couple of notable wins, beating Spice Matsushita, Ryan Sermona and Tomoyo Yamada. Sadly however he was thwarted in his only title bout to date, losing a Japanese title bout to Rikki Naito in a bout that was much closer than the cards suggested.
At his best Eto is a solid all rounder. His stoppage loss early in his career can be pretty much ignored as he's not been stopped since and in fact he's a solid unit with good stamina, and can seemingly come on stronger in the later parts of fights. He does however lack that top domestic level win, something that he perhaps needs before thinking that he's going to go to the top.
Coming in to this one we're expecting a technically sound but yet highly entertaining and exciting bout. Sadly for Eto however we don't think he quite has the skills to cope with Ito who we suspect will be too sharp and too smart over the distance. A stoppage for Ito would be a shock, but e don't imagine him struggling too much to score the all important W.