Japanese fans have two shows this coming Sunday, one in Gifu and one in Kanagawa.
The headline bout in Gifu sees local prospect Genki Hanai (5-0, 4) battle against Il Che (7-10-5, 1). This is a good test for Hanai, who is ranked by the JBC and OPBF, and should act as a warm up bout ahead of a title fighter later in the year for the youngster, who is highly regarded following a successful career in the amateur ranks. Che is better than his record suggests, but shouldn't derail Hanai's rise through the ranks.
In the supporting bout on this show fans will see former OPBF title challenger Futoshi Usami (12-2-1, 9) battle against Japanese based Peruvian Juan Castillo Inami (9-3, 4). Inami's record lacks big name wins but he has faced some notable fighters, such as Akinori Kanai and Koichi Aso, and is likely to put up a great bout with Usami, who was last seen being out pointed by Masayoshi Nakatani in OPBF Lightweight title fight.
On another Japanese card fans get the chance to see an OPBF female title fight as Chika Mizutani (14-5, 7) battles Kimika Miyoshi (11-8-1, 5). This will see Mizutani defending the OPBF title for the first time, following her winning the belt way back in 2010. Aged 34 the champion has seen better years though has been competing at the world level in recent years, suffering back-to-back losses in world title bouts. For Miyoshi this is a chance to become a 2-weight OPBF champion after having had a short reign as the OPBF female Bantamweight title.
In the co-feature bout fans will see former Japanese title challenger Gakuya Furuhashi (17-6-1, 7) battle against the “better than his record” Daisuke Watanabe (2-2, 2). Furuhashi is highly ranked and will be hoping to get another title fight in the near future, however he is without a win in over a year. For Watanabe this is a chance to get back into the mix, following back to back losses, including a competitive one last time out to the highly touted Sho Nakazawa.