The final card in Japan this August is an 8 bout show at the Yodogawa Ward Center. The show, promoted by Apollo Promotions, isn't a great one by any stretch of the imagination but it should give us some compelling low level match ups.
The main event will be an 8 rounder that sees the Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Tomohiro Nagakari (6-1, 1) taking on Masato Morisaki (8-3-1, 5). Nagakiri, ranked #14 by the JBC, is 31 and will have to be fast tracked if he expects to get a title fight. Saying that however there is no guarantee that he'll win here against Morisaki, also 31, who has a notable edge in experience. This isn't a fight that will interest many international fans but it's a very good domestic clash that means a lot to both men.
Although the main event is an all-Japanese clash, the more interesting bout is between Thailand's world ranked Patomsuk Pathompothong (28-2-1, 18) and Japan's limited Tatsunori Fukunaga (4-4, 1). Fukunaga has won just 1 of his last 5 bouts and in fact has won just once in 10 years! We understand that Fukunaga is the home fighter but it does seem like a meaningless mismatch with the Thai a sure fire winner going into this contest. With the bout set for 6 rounds there is a chance Patomsuk could slip up but we really can't see it.
Another 6 rounder here will see the light punching Takeshi Sone (5-3-1, 1) battle against the inactive Il Che (6-8-3, 1). For Che this bout will be his first contest in more than 5 years and he's without a win since late 2007. For the 19 year old Sone this will be his first bout since losing a 6 round decision to Aiki Koto in June.
Lanao del Norte, Philippines
In the Philippines we get another relatively lacklustre show with 4 bouts of note though little of major international interest.
the most interesting of those bouts will see the unbeaten Jeffrey Galero (10-0, 5) fight against the much more experienced Donny Mabao (21-21-1, 4). For Mabao this will be his first bout since losing to Ryuji Hara in an OPBF title bout, unfortunately for that bout Mabao was way over weight. Galero is promising but this is a huge step up for the unbeaten man.
Another promising fighter in action is Marbon Bodiongan (10-1-2, 8) who will be fighting the very light hitting Donriel Marcos (10-22-1, 1). Aged 20 there is some real promise with Bodiongan and we're happy to write off his sole loss which came 2 years ago at 115lbs, following that loss he moved up several weights accepting that his body was growing significantly. We expect Bodiongan to win but this may be tougher than it looks on paper.
A third bout that looks mismatched on paper will see Fernando Lumacad (29-9-3, 12) battle against Marjun Tabamo (8-4-1, 2). Lumacad might not be a world beater but he's certainly not a bad fighter and he should see off the domestic level Tabamo.
Strangely the most competitive of the bouts, on paper, will be a bout between two limited fighters. One of those is Ricardo Roa (11-9-2, 3) and the other is Jherom Tuyor (6-18-2, 3). Very limited fighters but is looks like it could be a competitive bout between two fighters unlikely to go far in their careers.
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