This coming Thursday in Japan sees an interesting but low level domestic card at the Korakuen Hall. The show features a promising prospect, a heavy handed former title holder and one other intriguing domestic contest.
The main bout of the show will see former OPBF/PABA/JBC title holder Akinori Watanabe (32-4, 27) takes on the limited Kittisak Sithsaithong (0-2), from Thailand. This shouldn't be any more than a stay busy fight for Watanabe, who also has a bout set for November 2nd with Toshio Arikawa, though he'll be making sure not to take any sort of silly risks in the ring. It's hard to see anything but a stoppage from Watanabe but he'll be hoping to shake off some ring rust before the Arikawa bout.
Another bout on this card is a really intriguing Light Middleweight bout which will see the unbeaten, and hotly tipped, Takeshi Inoue (3-0-1, 2) battle against Hisao Narita (9-2, 4). Coming in to this bout both fighters are JBC ranked and the winner will almost certainly move in to the discussion for a title fight in 2016. Of the two men we have been the more impressed with Inoue but this is a step up for him.
The third notable bout will see Japanese and OPBF ranked Kazunori Takayama (21-8-4, 4) battling against domestic foe Ryuto Araya (7-3-1, 1). This is an 8 round bout that will see Takayama seek a third successive victory since he was stopped by the heavy handed Satoshi Hosono in a Japanese title fight.
As well as the 3 bouts that have been mentioned the card will feature a further 4 bouts.
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