Just a day after the all-Japanese female mega-fight between Naoko Yamaguchi and Naoko Fujioka the women again take centre stage. This time however Japanese fans are going to be treat to a double header of female title action.
The show, “Earnest Efforts”, is promoted by Celes and will be held at the Korakuen Hall and will feature just six bouts, though with two of those being world title bouts it's hard to complain about the show.
The opening bout will see debutants colliding with Niwa Shohei (0-0) fighting Akao Bunya (0-0) in a Light Flyweight 4 rounder. This is one of several bouts in the 108lbs division which also includes the shows second bout which will see Toshihiro Kurihara (4-6-1, 3) fighting Dragon Jun (4-10, 2). Kunihara comes in to the bout looking to end a 3 fight losing streak whilst Jun looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses.
In the first of two contests scheduled for 8 rounds Ryuji Yokoyama (9-1, 3) will take on Yasuhiro Sakurai (6-15) at a contracted 50.5KG. This contest will see Sakurai trying to end a 9 fight losing streak that dates back well over 3 years whilst Yokoyama will be seeking his 8th successive victory. This contest will be followed by one between Daisuke Yokoyama (14-5, 6) and Kazunari Fujisawa (9-10-4, 2). On the face of it Yokoyama should get past Fujisawa with out too many problems, especially considering Fujisawa is win-less in 8.
The first of the two world title fights on the show will see Naoko Shibata (10-3, 3) attempt to claim the vacant IBF Light Flyweight title as she battles Mexican Alondra Garcia (8-0, 1). For Shibata this is a third world title fight and one that she should be a big favourite to win considering the fact she has been competitive in her previous two. For Garcia however this is a huge step up and one that may have come too soon for the Mexican.
In the second world title fight of the day the WBC Atomweight champion Momo Koseki (16-2-1, 4) will attempt to make the 12th defence of her title as she battles Mexico's Nora Cardoza (8-4-2, 4). This on paper is just as uncompetitive as the other world title fight in all honesty, though should allow Koseki some action after almost 6 months out of the ring.
As well as the action in Japan we also expect to see a number of fights with an Asian interest in the US.
In a Light Heavyweight contest we're expecting to see Russian Medzhid Bektemirov (12-0, 9) in action whilst his compatriot Konstantin Ponomarev (21-0, 10) will make his US debut. Both of these bouts are in the US though on totally different cards.