The reason that we appear to have such a great fight on our hands is because the fight will have two free swinging fighters facing off in a bout not expected to go the distance. For us the man of interest is Japan's hard hitting Shuhei Tsuchiya (15-2, 13), pictured, who started his career with a sensational run of 12 straight knock outs. In the opposite corner however will be Australia's very own Leonardo Zappavigna (30-2, 20).
For those who haven't seen him Tsuchiya is crude. Very crude. But he backs up his crudeness with genuine power, a nasty aggressiveness and an offence first mentality. This can get him in trouble, as it did against Masayoshi Nakatani who countered him at will with devastating body shots, though against Zappavigna this should lead to an all out war with the Aussie himself often neglecting defence to have a fight instead.
Both have power, both have leaky defences and both have been hurt several time in their career.
Sadly it does appear that this is the only bout with an Asian in it, anywhere, on the globe, though reports are suggesting that it will be televised in Australia on Fox Sports, giving us all a chance to sit back and enjoy this sure fire war for as long as it lasts.
(Photo courtesy of http://www.kadoebi.com/)