At the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo former Japanese Welterweight champion Koji Numata (20-6-1, 15) challenges OPBF Light Middleweight champion Charlie Ota (22-1-1, 15).
Ota, widely regarded as the stand out Asian fighter at 154lbs has seen several fights in the US (where he was born and raised) fall through in recent months so appears to have cut his losses and gone back to fighting almost solely in Japan. He is on an impressive 15 fight winning streak and that has included 7 OPBF title defenses. Numata on the other hand is a hard puncher but is just 5-4 in his last 9 bouts including 2 stoppages losses and it's hard to imagine him beating the talented Ota.
On the same card in Japan Mikiya Ishikawa (7-4, 1) takes on Kenta Motoki (6-6-1, 1). Going in to this Ishikawa has won his last 3 bouts whilst Motoki has lost his last 3, so with recent form it's hard to go against Ishikawa.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand former WBC Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (26-5-1, 10) defends his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title for the first time. Suriyan will be facing the very limited Renz Llagas (6-4-1, 4) of the Philippines who is jumping up from Flyweight.
We'd expect to see more bouts on both cards by the time they actually come aroundthough even with out them, the name appeal of Ota and Suriyan should be enough to keep a number of fans interested.