Despite not really attracting our attention on the whole some of the fights certainly had some importance. In fact 2 of those were at the Taiho promoted show at the IMP Hall as Ryota Kajiki (22-8, 14) over-came Cirilo Espino (19-13-3, 12) via 8 round unanimous decision and So Takenaka (18-7-2, 8) over-came Shohei Kanemoto (8-7-1, 3) via narrow split decision.
Aside from those two bouts on that particular show it was really hard to show any interest in the other 5 bouts.
They included an 8th round TKO for Akiyoshi Kanazawa (11-2-3, 5) over Atsushi Aburada (7-6, 4) who was stopped for the first time in his career and a 3rd round KO for Hideo Mikan (6-5-1, 2) who took out Thai debutant Eaksayarm Mor Krungthep Thonburi (0-1).
In the 4 rounders on the Taiho show Takuma Hayashi (3-0, 3) took just 23 seconds to stop the debuting Yoshiaki Kishioka (0-1), Jin Katsue (2-0, 1) stopped Kei Fujita (3-2, 1) in the second round whilst Noboru Osato (2-1-2, 1) took a decision over Kazumasa Harunaga (1-3).
The Taiho show was 1 of 2 at the IMP Hall with the other be a follow up show by Green Tsuda. This show, the "The 22nd GT Carnival" was an 8 fight show which again had little in terms of bouts worth noting.
In the one bout of interest Kiron Omura (12-3, 10)bounced back from an opening round loss to Shohei Omura by stopping recent Japanese title challenger Satoshi Niwa (15-17-3, 2) in the 6th. This is a second successive loss for Niwa who may well be close to calling an end to his long career.
The co-feature here saw Ryuji Miyazaki (12-7-3, 4) taking an 8 round decision over Shun Ishibashi (8-15-1, 3). On paper this looked a mismatch though it was surprisingly not all one way traffic despite Miyazaki taking a clear decision in the end.
As well as those two bouts, both scheduled for 8 rounds, the show's other 6 bouts were all scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw only 1 bout failt to go the distance as Hisashi Kawanishi (4-5, 1) took out Takahiko Nakajima (2-4-1) early in the second round.
Of the 4 bouts that went the distane the most 1-sided saw Michitaka Muto (1-0-1) nearly shut out the win-less Takehiro Tode (0-3) in a very one-sided contest. Although a little bit closer there was no doubting that Yuki Nagashima (4-0, 1) had beaten Kazuki Kimura (0-2) in another clear result on this card. Things were also semi-close for Takeshi Nakayama (3-5-2, 1) as he over-came Shota Fujii (1-10) and Ryota Yada (3-2, 2) over-came Toru Kageyama (3-5, 2). The closest bout however saw a real scare for Hikaru Matsumine (3-0) who narrowly over-came fellow Takaaki Kanai (2-1, 1) by a score of 39-38 across the cards.
The 1 show that wasn't at the IMP Hall was at the Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo. This show, promoted by reason was a 9 fight show that was genuinely disappointing looking on paper and one that we could understand fans avoiding in all honest. The most notable bout on paper saw Keita Nakano (10-8-3, 2) taking a very close majority decision over Tonko Nakagawa (11-6-1, 4). Sadly this was headand shoulders above the rest of the card.
In the chief support bouts James Murashige (7-3-1, 4) took a 4h round stoppage over Hiroshi Abe (5-10, 4) whilst Minoru Matsuo (6-2, 3) also took a 5th round stoppage as he defeated Yoshihisa Yokota (5-10-1, 2).
Despite both of the support bouts finishing inside the distance we unfortunately couldn't say the same for the undercard bouts where only 2 finished inside the distance. These saw Takahiko Suzuki (2-0, 2) stopping Wataru Yokoyama (1-1, 1) in round 2 and Yuji Awata (3-1, 2) stopped Teppei Tsukamoto (2-4) in round 4.
In the decision on the undercard Reiya Abe (2-1) over-came the debuting Tasuku Nakagawa (0-1) by unanimous decision, Yuki Uchida (2-1) took a split decision over Shinnosuke Okada (1-4-2, 1), Yutaka Horikoshi (4-4-1, 1) fought to a majority draw with Noboru Takahashi (3-3-1, 1) whilst the only female bout on the show saw Mayumi Kubo (5-10-1) upsetting Mikiko Muto (2-1).