To kick off a new week Ohashi Gym give us a very promising looking card with severa notable names including 2 exciting prospects and a former world title challenger. The "46th Phoenix Battle", will be held at the Korakuen Hall and promises a lot.
The show opens up with the debuting Jackie Okuda (0-0) battling the winless Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-3). The opening contest is one of two bouts with a debutant in action with the show's second bout featuring two men beginning their professional career with Takehiro Yamamoto (0-0) fighting Ryo Hino (0-0).
It's with bout 3 that we have our first notable contest as Seiichi Okada (16-4, 9), the #11 ranked Japanese Super Featherweight, faces Indonesian Juniston Simbolon (7-10-1, 3), who is ranked #7 at Lightweight in Indonesia. We favour Okada going in to this contest though he has been stopped in his last 3 contests and looks like a fighter who's punch resistance is going fast.
The second major bout on the show sees Go Onaga (20-2-2, 14), ranked
#13 by the IBF at Super Flyweight, taking on the tough Takuya Miyamori (15-5-1, 2). Although Miyamori does enter this bout on 2 successive losses he did go the distance in both of them losing decisions to Konosuke Tomiyama and Ryo Matsumoto.
Talking about Ryo Matsumoto (8-0, 7), the #9 ranked Super Featherweight in Japan, he is in action himself as he goes up against Indonesian novice Arega Yunian (2-2). To us this bout looks a bit "pointless" but it should keep Matsumoto busy and hopefully helps him get some rounds under his belt. We're hoping that Yunian lasts longer than the last Indonesian that Matsumoto fought, John Bajawa, who lasted just 123 seconds.
In the show's chief support bout two-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (23-2-1, 17) will return to the ring for the first time since his technical draw with Chris John. Hosono, like Matsumoto, appears to be in little more than a stay busy fight as he takes on Yuta Matsuda (9-8-2, 4). Matsuda may technically be bigger than Hosono but it'll be unlikely that "Bazooka" doesn't take out his over-matched opponent within the first few rounds.
The main event sees the unbeaten Ryuji Hara (15-0, 10) defending his Japanese Minimumweight title for the third time. Hara will be facing the #7 ranked Japanese title challenger Takashi Kunishige (25-9-2, 2). Although aged 37 Kunishige is a very serious test for Hara and unexpectedly pushed Denver Cuello close back in April. Hara hasn't looked in his last 2 contests and will likely be in for another tough one here.