The bigger of two Japanese shows is in Kanagawa as fans get to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the popular Tsuneo "Piston" Horiguchi. The show, which features 10 bouts in total is more of a celebration card than a huge boxing show though is plenty to be excited about.
The main event is a middleweight bout which will see Kazuaki Irisawa (7-5, 4) battle visiting Thai Petchdum Manopchaygym (0-1) in a pretty miserable looking main event. In fact the chief support bout, which will see Wataru Miyasaka (7-2-1, 2) fighting Shogo Ojima (10-2-1, 2), looks a much better contest.
Whilst the top bouts aren't great we have been informed that the show will see Ohashi world champions Naoya Inoue, the WBC Light Flyweight champion, Akira Yaegashi, the WBC Flyweight champion, and Ayaka Miyao, the WBA Atomweight champion, all making appearances on the show giving it some real star power even if the actual live boxing won't be great.
The other show is in the Kyushu Electric Power Memorial Gymnasium in Fukuoka. This show, which features a scheduled 8 bouts, doesn't have any real quality on it and all but 1 of the bouts are scheduled to be 4 rounders. Despite that we do expect some interesting action to take place with the bouts, to our understanding, being competitive contests.
The bout we are fully aware of is the main event which pits female novice Kasumi Fujimitsu (1-0, 1) again fellow novice Sayuri Koto (0-1).
As well as the Japanese action there is also action in Russia with two world title fights.
The more notable of those world title fights will see Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8) fighting against Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11) in a WBA interim Middleweight title bout. We view this as a very even looking bout and although Chudinov is easily the bigger puncher Nielsen is far more skilled and this really does look like a boxer against a puncher type of fight.
The other world title fight on the show will see Svetlana Kulakova (9-0, 1) fighting against Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-1, 2) in a bout for the WBA female Light Welterweight contest. We're favouring the technical skills of the Russian but it's not an easy fight, in fact it's another that could easily see an upset as Esteche really is a handful for more fighters out there.
We're expecting 3 other bouts on this show, but the two above are easily the most notable ones.
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