This coming Sunday is a second big day for Japanese boxing. Saturday was mostly titles whilst Sunday is about the future with the Rookie of the year East finals and a very interest, though smaller, show in Hyogo.
We'll start with that smaller show which is scheduled to feature the only Asian title fight of the day, as well as the debut of a very promising young Bantamweight that we've heard rave reviews about.
The title bout will see the unbeaten Kei Takenaka (7-0, 3) defending her OPBF female Light Flyweight title against "debuting" Thai Petchvaree Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-0). Whilst Takenaka needs to be favoured, obviously, we do question whether or not boxrec have the right record for the Thai challenger, especially given that the OPBF do tend to have some sort of standards on who they allow to challenge for titles. Whether Petchvaree is 0-0 or has a few fights on her record is unlikely to matter though as Takenaka is a very good fighter and will likely be moved towards a world title fight in 2015.
In an 8 round support bout Shinichiro Morikawa (16-4-1, 11) will battle Thai visitor Keanpetch Manoprungroj (4-1, 2) in what appears to be a clear mismatch between an experienced fringe domestic contender and a limited and inexperienced Thai, especially when you consider that Kaenpetch lost his only other bout outside of Thailand to TJ Doheny in just 3 rounds.
The most interesting fighter on this show however is 18 year old Bantamweight debutant Kazuma Yokoya (0-0), who we have mistakenly referred to as Kazuma Yokota in the past. Yokoya will be facing Thailand's Fahpetch Sor Praithong (0-0) in a 6 rounder and the expectation is that the Japanese youngster is a Bantamweight champion in the making. It's going to be good to see how the youngster looks on his debut and from what we under-stand there is going to be a spate of promising Japanese debutants in and around 118lbs in the next 6 months or so.
Whilst the Hyogo show looks good it pales in significance to the other Japanese show on the same day, the Rookie of the year East finals.
This show will feature a total of 12 bouts from the Minimumweight division to the Middleweight division and will decide the "East" representative at the All Japan Rookie of the Year show in December.
Rather than breaking down the bouts here we have instead done a full feature on the show looking at the 12 bouts and the 24 men partaking in them. Hopefully you'll enjoy the feature which can be read here!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)