The Korakuen Hall really is a busy venue this month and on August 5th we get a 4th show there in the space of 5 days! Thankfully it appears to be a much better card than some of the others this month and the main event really is one of the best match ups of the month, as two young, promising punchers face off in a mouth watering encounter.
That main event will see unbeaten Filipino Mark Vincent Bernaldez(15-0, 10) put his record on the line against the once beaten local favourite Tsuyoshi Tameda (11-1-2, 9). Bernaldez has been tipped as a Filipino prospect to keep a real eye on whilst Tameda has himself been tipped as a future champion at domestic level, at the very least, and is currently rising a 4 unbeaten run of 8-0-1 (6). This bout will set the lose back whilst pushing the winner on considerably, however it will not be the end for either guy with both being very young fighters. This is one of those rare match ups that really should excite fans yet will likely get over-looked due to the fact neither man is a big name, yet.
Another another contest here will see Takuya Watanabe (25-5-1, 12) battling against Shun Shimazaki (6-6-1, 1). On paper this is an easy win for Watanabe who will be hoping to get a better bout in the near future. Although not an incredible fighter we've been fans of him ever since his blood bath with Jaesung Lee and wish him all the best after that gutsy and bloody effort on route to his loss to the Korean. Coming in to this one Watanabe will be risking Japanese and OPBF rankings.
One other bout that caught our interest is a Featherweight bout between the well matched pairing of Shingo Kusano (9-4-1, 4) and Kenta Takahashi (10-9-3, 3) who are both 26 year old southpaws. On paper Kusano looks the favourite but Kusano's record is littered with losses to top domestic fighters such as Gosuke Seki, Yuki Ogata and Yusaku Kuga whilst Kusano has been matched easier than his foe. This one could be a lot better than the records suggest.
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