Akihiro Kondo vs Jeffrey Arienza
Japanese audiences get their first taste of WBO Asia Pacific title action this coming week with 3 such title bouts in the space of 2 days. The first of those sees Akihiro Kondo (25-6-1, 12) battle against Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1, 9) in what looks like a really fun to watch bout for the Light Welterweight title fight. Kondo isn't the fighter he once was but that should help make this bout a lot more competitive than it would have been if Kondo was at his best.
Takuya Watanabe vs Amin Sor Wangmoo
The second of the WBO Asia Pacific title bouts comes at Super Featherweight as the teak tough Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) battles against heavy handed Thai Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11). The bout is likely to be another very fun bout, as Watanabe seems to be making his thing in recent years, but Wangmoo will certainly not have travelled to Japan to lose and this could be a surprise treat for Japanese fans...and for those who just enjoy a tear up!
Hikaru Nishida vs Makoto Fuchigami III
The third, and final, of the WBO Asia Pacific title fights this week in Japan sees a third meeting between Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) and Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 14), with both the WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Middleweight titles on the line. Nishida, one of the more under-rated Japanese domestic fighters, has a less than stellar record, and was easily outboxed by Dwight Ritchie last time, but has twice beat Fuchigami, a former world title challenger, and we suspect this will be a third win for Nishida.
Shinsuke Yamanaka v Anselmo Moreno II
Another rematch this month sees WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) defending his belt against Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12), around a year after their first, controversial, bout. Yamanaka will be seeking his 11th defense of the title, though he has began to look like a fighter coming to the end of his career, whilst Moreno will be buoyed on by the success of countrymen Jezreel Corrales and Luis Concepcion, both of whom have won world tiles in Japan this year.
Hugo Ruiz v Hozumi Hasegawa
On the same card fans will see the legendary Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) attempt to become a 3-weight world champion. The faded Hasegawa will be in a tough one against Mexican power puncher Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32), who looks to make his first defence of the WBC Super Bantamweight title. We're expecting this to be a painful bout for Hasegawa but he's looked very determined to over-come his rival and knows this will be his final chance to claim a third world title.
Tatsuya Fukuhara vs Shin Ono
Japanese Minimumweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-5, 6) looks to record his second defense of the title as he takes on former world title challenger Shin Ono (19-7-2, 3) in what looks like a really well matched bout. Neither man here is a well known international level fighter but they are at very different stages in their career with Ono needing a win to remain relevant whilst Fukuhara will see a win as opening a door to a potential world title fight in 2017.
Kumiko Seeser Ikehara v Kayoko Ebata II
Another rematch to take place this month will see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (8-1-2, 3) defending her belt against Kayoko Ebata (9-6, 5). These two fought in May 2015, with Ikehara claiming a razor thin split technical decision and coming in to this one it's clear that Ebata cannot afford another setback. At the age of 40 a loss will almost certainly be the end for the challenger. For the champion this will be her 4th defense and could open the door to a unification bout in 2017.