Another day and yet more action in Japan as the country again shows just how fantastic it's domestic boxing scene is.
As far as we are aware there will be 2 seperate cards in Japan though one really stands out as being head and shoulders better than the other. That card will be the one held at the Aioi Hall in Kariya, so we'll look at that one first.
In action at Flyweight former national title challenger Yuki Sano (17-3-4, 12) looks to bounce back from his stunning 10th round stoppage loss to Naoya Inoue. Sano, ranked #5 by the JCB at Light Flyweight will be facing Takashi Omae (10-3-4, 1), himself ranked #10 by the JCB in the Light Flyweight division, in what promises to be a genuinely fantastic contest. Despite the loss to Inoue it's hard to imagine Sano not defeating Omae here.
It's not only Sano and Omae who are ranked and taking part on this card as Shinji Takayama (18-3, 10), the #7 ranked Featherweight is also in action. Takayama, entering on an 11 fight winning streak, will expect to add another victory to his record here as he takes on the relatively limited Hiroki Yoshimura (7-7, 4). Yoshimura has disappointingly lost 5 of his last 7 by stoppage and it'd be far from a shock to see that becoming 6 of his last 8.
We've got to admit that the remaining 2 bouts are much less exciting with the light punching Yuji Shimizu (13-7-1, 1) taking on Yoshihiro Kinjo (7-16-2, 2) in a bout that has "decision" written all over it and Shota Suito (7-3-1, 1) taking on Hajime Kawase (4-5-2, 2) in a rematch of a bout first fought in 2011. In their first meeting Suito was pushed hard so we might see an upset in this one, in fact Kawase has gone 3-2-2 since that loss with both of his loss being razor thin decision further adding to the feel of him being the proverbial banana skin.