April 19th-Nonaka and Hosokawa face showdown on a card that also sees Mukai and Tomiyama facing off!
Japanese action gets back underway on Sunday with a pair of shows, one of which really is worth making a note of.
The more notable of the two Japanese cards comes from Osaka where fans get several very interesting match ups.
The most notable of the bouts on the show is the main event which will see Japanese Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (27-8-2, 9) defending his title against former champion Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3, 9). The title, which was given up by Hosokawa last year following a bout of illness, ended up in Nonaka's hands when he easily out pointed Kengo Nagashima, and this will now by the second defense by Nonaka who over-came the dangerous Charlie Ota at the end of last year. For Hosokawa, the current IBF Asian champion at the weight, this is a chance to reclaim the title and to score a second notable win in 3 fights, having out pointed Tadashi Yuba just over a year ago. Notably the winner of this bout is expected to take a huge step up he IBF rankings and may well find themselves in the mix for a world title fight later in the year.
An intriguing chief support bout will see former world title challengers collide as Hirofumi Mukai (10-3-2, 1) battle against Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7-1, 8). Mukai has come up short in two world title fights, suffering a technical draw with the great Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bout for the WBC Flyweight title and a stoppage defeat to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a WBC Super Flyweight title bout, whilst Tomiyama gave tough guy Nobuo Nashiro a real scare in 2009. Sadly the loser here is likely to be pushed well down the domestic pecking order whilst the winner may be able to pick up the pieces of their career later in the year.
A third bout that has caught our eye here is a notable step up bout for Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (9-2, 7) who will be fighting against former Japanese and OPBF title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (18-4-3, 9). Petagine will have youth and size advantage over his opponent though was less than convincing in his last 2 bouts, a win and a loss to Shohei Kanemoto. On the other hand Hosokawa has been stopped in 2 of his last 4, including an 11th round TKO to Korean warrior Min Wook Kim back in August 2013.
As well as the 3 bouts mentioned there will be 2 others on this show.
The other show of the day takes place in Mie and certainly doesn't have anything too notable to mention.
The main event will be an 8 rounder and see the Japanese ranked Yusuke Nakagawa (7-3-1, 4) battle against journeyman foe Hajima Kawase (5-7-2). It's hard to get too excited about this bout though if Nakagawa wins he may find himself in Japanese Super Featherweight title fight in the near future.
Another Japanese ranked fighter on this card is Tetsuya Morisada (4-3, 4) who risks his low ranking at Light Welterweight against Kazuyhso Toguri (4-6). On paper this looks like a poor bout but Morisada has looked destructive recently with a trio of quick wins and will be hoping to continue that run against the tough Toguri.
As well as the 2 bouts that have been mentioned there will be another 8 contests.
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Some days are choc a block with action, sadly this coming Monday is not one such day.
The only major show today takes place in Tokyo and will be headlined by a very interesting Japanese Bantamweight title fight.
That fight will see reigning champion Kentaro Masuda (19-6, 10) defending his belt for the first time since he won it, via a technical decision over Yu Kawaguchi. Despite his less than stellar record Masuda is a very solid fighter and a man that may well be in an OPBF title fight very early next year.
In the opposite corner to Masuda will be former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (24-6-1, 8) who will be involved in his first ever Japanese title fight. Despite Tomiyama fighting for the Japanese title for the first time he has fought for a for titles in Japan in the past and not only did he win the OPBF title in Japan but he also gave Nobuo Nashiro, the then WBA Super Flyweight world champion, a real scare. This one looks like a really great fight and is certainly one of the better "domestic title fights" we've seen recently.
The winner of the title fight is likely to go on to fight for an OPBF title in the very near future and whilst Ryosuke Iwasa would be too much for the winner at the moment they would both have a good shot at the belt if Iwasa vacates, as is being speculated.
Whilst the main event here is great the rest of the card is lacking in quality to say the least. In total the under-card will feature 7 bouts though in all honesty none of them will interest anyone but the most ardent of Japanese domestic fans. A real shame given the fact the main event is a potential thriller.
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Often when we get mid-week boxing things are really quite disappointing. This Wednesday however is an exception to that rule as Japanese promotional outfit Watanabe promotions put on what looks to be a solid show including a fantastic main event and several other notable fighters.
The highlight of the boxing day is the fight for the vacant WBA Super Flyweight title between the #1 ranked Thai Denkaosan Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26) and Japan's former champion Kohei Kono (29-8, 12), who enters as the #2 ranked fight. The bout is one that is that has seen opinion on forums and is a genuinely huge bout for both men.
A loss for the 37 year old Denkaosan would likely spell the end of his incredibly long career whilst a loss for Kono would see his dream of a fight with Koki Kameda come to an end and with that in mind we expect to see both men putting everything on the line in what could turn out to be one of the best fights of the year.
As well as the great main event the card also features both Konosuke Tomiyama (23-6-1, 8) and Tatsuya Takahashi (15-5-3, 10), albeit in mismatches.
For those who recognise Tomiyama's name they may well recall his amazing 2013 battle with Filipino Genesis Servania. Although Tomiyama lost that bout he certainly made some new fans here and we're wishing him the best with his very charismatic and unique appeal. As for Takahashi the Japanese ranked fighter will be wanting to build towards a national title fight either this year or next year.
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