It's been a few days since we've had any fights but thankfully we're back under action this Monday as action returns to the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will be a rematch between the big hitting Koji Numata (21-7-2, 16) and the very tough Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-3, 6), with the men again trading blows for the vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The men, who collided in a great contest back in March, will be hoping to have a clear winner this time after their first contest ended in a draw, leaving the title vacant. If you're able to get to the Korakuen Hall we'd expect this fight to be just as exciting as their first contest was.
In the co-feature we're expecting to see Japanese Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (3-1, 3) battle Thailand's Petchdum Manopchaygym (0-2). On paper this is a mismatch, despite Fukumoto's loss 2 fights back, though our Japanese sources indicate that Petchdum actually has a record of 10-5-1 (2) and not 0-2. If the Japanese record is correct, and we do tend to doubt the records of Thai's on boxrec, it could be an interesting contest.
Another of the supporting bouts will see Cobra Suwa (13-11-2, 6) fighting against a Thai opponent, though we're not certain who.
The most interesting of the supporting bouts however will be the contest between Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) and the much more experienced Monico Laurente (24-11, 5). Suzuki is a very promising Super Flyweight who has a domestic ranking and heavy hands, he will however be giving up a a sizeable amount of experience to his Filipino foe. Interestingly Laurente is 0-7 outside of the Philippines and 0-5 in Japan, indicating that he doesn't doesn't travel well. He has also lost 3 of his last 4 and 4 of his last 6 indicating that his career may well be on a notable downslide.
The rest of this card is a trio of 4 rounders which will open the show.
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