It's fair to say we've had a great start to the month, things do however take a small backwards on Thursday with some lesser bouts.
In the main event of the only Japanese show of the day fans will see former Japanese Middleweight champion Tomohiro Ebisu (13-4, 13) take on the light hitting Kazuyuki Fukuyama (9-6, 2) in what appears to be an easy looking bout for the hard hitting former champion. The 26 year old Ebisu is 2-2 in his last 4 bouts and it now seems clear that he needs to get some career momentum going and a win here is needed. Fukuyama on the other hand has lost his last 2 bouts, though he hasn't been stopped on more than 5 years and he could test Ebisu's resolve here.
In the chief support bout fans will see the experienced Kinshiro Usui (22-4, 10) continue his come back which began last December with a surprise win against Masaaki Serie. Usui, a former Japanese title challenger, will be taking on Kota Sato (10-6-2, 5), who is 1-2-1 in his last 4 bouts. Aged 23 Sato is still developing but knows that a win over Usui will seriously boost his career and move him towards a more notable bout in the near future.
Another notable supporting bout will see Jo Tanooka (10-2-3) battle against the experienced Junnosuke Nagayasu (13-10-2, 3). We like Tanooka but know that his lack of power will be an issue, here however he should be too good and too fast for the 32 year Nagayasu, who's been a professional since 2003.
In a 6 round bout fans will see the heavy handed teenage prospect Takahiko Suzuki (5-1, 4) battle against Sochiro Murata (4-3-3, 2). This will be Suzuki's first 6 round bout and that could see questions being asked of his stamina however Murata isn't a bad fighter himself and has gone 4-2 since a peculiar 0-1-3 start to his career
In the US fans will get the chance to see Filipino fighter Rolly Lunas (34-9-1, 20) battle against unbeaten American Manuel Avila (16-0, 7) in a real make or break fight for the 31 year old Pinoy puncher. Lunas was last seen in the ring in November 2013 when he was stopped by Chris Avalos in 3 rounds. Unfortunately for Lunas this is a second successive bout at Super Bantamweight, as opposed to his more natural Bantamweight, though this is certainly an easier bout than the one against Avalos.
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