A busy week in Asian boxing kicks off on Tuesday at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo thanks to a 7 fight show.
The card's opening bout sees Kazuhiro Koike (3-3-1, 3) returning to the ring for the first time in more than a year. Koike, who has been in active since July 2012 faces the faltering Tatsushi Kagawa (4-6-1, 1), a man who has won just one of his last 7 contests. The bout, although not great, serves as a solid enough opening for the card.
The second bout on the show is expected to see the promising Shuhei Ito (5-1, 3) in action against the more experienced Yasuyuki Akiyama (6-4-1, 6). Whilst Akiyama has been inactive since summer 2012 he has got the power to hurt really opponents and Ito needs to be wary about that, or this bout could be a potential banana skin.
After the two All-Japanese openers we then get two bouts where a Japanese based Filipino takes on a Thai. The first of these sees the unbeaten Johnreil Maligro (7-0, 5), AKA Sakura Atsushi, whilst the second will see Ricky Sismundo (23-7-1, 9), AKA Harada Monko, in action. Unfortunately we've been unable to indentify either of the Thai opponents.
Following the bouts with the Filipino's we then see the hard hitting youngster Tsuyoshi Tameda (7-1-1, 6) in with another Thai visitor. We're not expecting Tameda to be matched too hard though he'll face a slightly better opponent than the last Thai he fought, Sangphet Sor Meephet, who lasted just 92 seconds.
We go back to all-Japanese action for the co-feature as Shogo Ojima (10-2, 2) takes on Yoshihiro Utsumi (10-4-2, 5) . On paper it would seem Ojima would be favoured though he was stopped last time out by Jerope Mercado, AKA Zerofit Jerope, and may have lingering effects of that loss.
The main even on the show sees Nobuhisa Coronita Doi (26-14-8, 9) taking on a Thai opponent. Unfortunately, like with the other 3 Thai's on the card, we've been unable to track just who it is though with Doi going 3-3 in his last 6 we wouldn't be shocked to see him being given an easy one.