The most notable action today takes place in the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka with 2 scheduled 8 rounds currently listed on boxrec as well as the US debut of unbeaten Chinese fighter Yang Lian Hui (11-0-0-1, 7).
Starting with the Osaka card it's actually hard to get excited about either of the bouts. In one of those we have Lightweight Ryo Nakajima (17-5, 10) facing journeyman Kosuke Iwashita (13-14-2, 7). For this bout it's hard to really give Iwashita any sort of a chance especially considering he comes in on the back of 4 straight losses whilst Nakajima enters on a 10 fight winning streak. Whilst Iwashita has faced the better opponents, including Prawet Singwancha and Takehiro Shimada he struggled to win rounds against the high level opponents.
The other fight on the card is a little bit more interesting as Super Bantamweight puncher Kiron Omura (10-2, 8) faces Yuki Kobayashi (6-1, 4). Omura will have to go in to this bout as the favourite but the 23 year old southpaw has been stopped in the past (he was blasted out by Takahiro Yamamoto in 2009) and may still be there to be stopped, he is however on a 3 fight winning streak. The 21 year old Kobayashi is on a 2 fight winning run since being upset by Yuichi Arai in June of last year, though both of his wins since then have come against the limited Masanori Oshima.
At the moment of writing Yang Lian Hui (AKA Ik Yang) hasn't been announced though we'd expect to see him in with a journeyman style opponent as he looks to make a name for himself in the states. The 28 year old Chinese fighter who is currently residing in South Korea is one of the most entertaining fighters in the world with a very fan friendly style which has been compared to American Emanuel Augustus and we'd expect the US audience to take to him very quickly thanks to his charisma and style.
Yang is scheduled to fight on the untelevised portion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" though we've our fingers crossed that a few early stoppages will see his bout given some air time as he's a fighter who could be "made for TV".