Attention continues to be given to Japan this coming Friday as we get yet more title action in the Land of the Rising Sun, with two world title bouts.
The more interesting, and much better matched, of the bouts sees WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) facing off against Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12). The two men are fighting in a rematch after Yamanaka narrowly retained his title last September with a razor thin decision. Some are suggesting that Yamanaka will be better prepared for the slippery Panamanian challenger whilst others feel like Yamanaka has slipped, a lot, from his prime and is there for the taking. The one clear thing here is that opinions differ on the outcome and the styles of the fighters differ in the ring. This should be worth tuning in to.
The other title bout will see WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32) making his first defense of the title as he takes on former Bantamweight legend Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15). Hasegawa is looking to become a 3-weight world champion, following reigns at 118lbs and 126lbs, but he's very much a faded fighter whilst the big punching Ruiz is a very dangerous man in his pomp. This could be very painful for the multi-time Japanese MVP.
Sadly other than the title bouts the card has little of interest, with almost nothing of note on the under-card.