Sometimes shows don't quite work as everyone had hopes. A clear example of that is this coming Monday's show, which was originally announced as having a Japanese Welterweight title fight as the main event, between Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) and Daisuke Sakamoto (13-8-3, 8). Sadly whilst that bout was an intriguing one, it was forced to be cancelled when Arikawa suffered a broken jaw during training.
As a result of Arikawa's injury the card was shifted around a bit and now the main event will be Ryusei Nakajima (10-1, 3) facing off with Tatsuya Yanagi (11-5-1, 4). The bout is, on paper, a decent contest but the reality is that it's not the level of match up that we had been hoping for. Coming in to this Yanagi has has gone 1-5-1 in his last 7 bouts, following a 10-0 start to his career. As for Nakajima he comes into this bout on an excellent 8-0 run and should be strongly favoured here. It's a good bout on paper but isn't likely to be as good as it looks, especially given the conflicting form of the two fighters.
In an under-card bout we'll see exciting prospect Ryusei Kawaura (1-0, 1) battle against Thai visitor Anucha Pleengam (0-2). The unbeaten youngster is a genuine talent and has got a lot of promise, though unfortunately this doesn't look like the most testing of assignments for the 23 year old Japanese fighter.