This coming Wednesday we'll see action from Japan with one of the top prospects in action.
The card will take place at the Korakuen Hall and will be promoted by former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima.
The main event here will see the unbeaten Ryusei Kawaura (6-0, 4) take on Filipino foe Joy Joy Formentera (11-3, 7) in a really mouth watering clash. The talented Kawaura hasn't yet managed to make a big mark on the sport, but is rising rapidly though the ranks thanks to wins against the likes of Marjun Pantilgan and Renoel Pael. He's expected to move into regional title bouts sooner rather than later. The 25 year old Formentera has bounced back from back to back losses, and he's stopped his last 3 foes, giving him some momentum coming into this one.
In a very interesting support bout we'll see Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (7-3, 4) take on talented Japanese fighter Nanae Suzuki (9-3-1, 1). Whilst neither of these are stand out fighters they should make for a very exciting bout against each other. Kanyarat is the more aggressive of the two fighters, whilst Suzuki is more technically sound, and it's going to be very interesting to see how the styles of the two fighters mesh here.
This coming Saturday isn't a massive day for fight fans from Asia, but yet does have some really big bouts, including a WBSS semi-final and a female going for a world title in just her 4th professional bout.
The WBSS semi-final is a Bantamweight world title unification bout that really does look amazing. The bout will see Filipino veteran Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25) look to build on his surprising, albeit anti-climatic, win over Ryan Burnett as he takes on South African Zolani Tete (28-3, 21). The bout will see the WBA "Super" and WBO Bantamweight titles being unified and will pit boxer-puncher against slipper boxer and we're expecting something very tense and very compelling. A full preview of this bout is available here Donaire and Tete to battle for WBSS final place!
As well as the WBSS bout we also get a card in Osaka thanks to Shinsei, who put on a bit of a female boxing showcase. The card isn't the deepest but the two main bouts, both scheduled for 10 rounds, are worthy of note.
The co-feature sees 3-time world champion Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) set her eyes on the WBC title, the one belt that has eluded her, as she takes on Thai youngster Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (5-2, 3) in a WBC female Minimumweight title eliminator. At 37 Tada is no spring chicken, but with recent wins over Naoko Shibata and Kayoko Ebata in her last 2 there's still plenty of life left in her. Aged 20 Kanyarat is a baby faced fighter, who has amazing been a professional for over 4 years, and whilst she is 0-2 outside of Thailand she did manage a big win last time out over Umi Ishikawa, which has helped her secure this contest. An in depth preview of this bout can be read here Tada and Kanyarat battle in eliminator!
The other main bout on this card will see unbeaten youngster Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) battle for a world title in just her 4th professional bout, as she takes on Elisabeth Lopez (6-1-4, 1) in a bout for the WBO female Minimumweight world title fight, a belt that Tada recently vacated. Saeki looks like a sensation, she's sharp, quick, agile, accurate and looks the real deal. A genuinely fantastic young fighter with the world at her fists.Lopez will be fighting outside of Latin America for the first time, and could be in for a rude awakening here against someone we tip to be one of the faces of female boxing in the years to come. We've also previewed this bout, with that preview available here Saeki goes for world title in fight #4!