This coming Tuesday we'll see a small card at the Korakuen Hall, and the reality is that the card lacks in names but does have some interesting contests on it.
One of the interesting bouts will be a 6 rounder between Katsuhiro Hoshi (7-2-1, 5) and Yoshiki Abe (5-6-4, 1). Aged 20 Hoshi has shown some real promise, and has gone 6-0-1 in his last 7 bouts, including a win against Takeshi Kaneko last time out. Despite that promise this will be a tough contest as Abe is no push over at this level.
Another match up of interest on this card will see Shinnosuke Hasegawa (4-2-1, 3) taking on Takuya Yamaguchi (3-9-2, 2). Although Yamaguchi is limited we've become very big fans of him due to his charisma, heart and style and he's certainly someone who makes us smile when he fights. Sadly it's hard to imagine him providing much of a test for Hasegawa, who has stopped his last 3 foes and will likely pick up another stoppage here.
The main event of the card will be the most evenly matched contest, and will see former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki (11-6, 5) take on Hisao Narita (12-5, 6). Sasaki won the Japanese title in October 2012, when he stopped Tadashi Yuba, but would lose it in his first defense, as he was stopped by Tomohiro Ebisu. Sadly for Sasaki he has now lost his last 5 and looks to be a shot fighter. Narita on the other hand is 3-3 in his last 6, having now won 3 in a row, and will know that a win here will put him in the mix for a potential title fight down the line.