The action in Japan has been pretty none stop recently, and that continues this Sunday with a Kadoebi show at the Korakuen Hall.
In the main event of the card fans get a rematch as Japanese 140lb champion Hiroki Okada (11-0, 9) battles against the exciting Koichi Aso (20-6-1, 13). Okada narrowly beat Aso when the men first met, back in July 2014, though has since shown genuine improvement with back-to-back 3rd round TKO wins. Aso has bounced back from the loss to Okada with back-to-back stoppage wins of his own, but this is a bigger test than he has faced since the first Okada bout. Potentially this could be a thriller and we'd be genuinely shocked if the bout wasn't action packed.
In the chief support bout we have another intriguing match up as the world ranked Yukinori Oguni (16-1-1, 5) faces off against Thailand's Mike Tawatchai (38-8-1, 21). Both of these men have come up short against Shingo Wake however it's a great match up between two men who will both be viewing this as a chance to move towards a potential rematch with Wake, who could be the IBF champion by the time a rematch could be made. Oguni, a former JBC and OPBF champion, is a very talented boxer-move and should be too slippery for Tawatchai, however the Thai will refuse to to concede defeat and could be a very tricky assignment for Oguni.
In another bout of note former Japanese title challenger Gosuke Seki (16-2-2, 3) will be up against Keisuke Ota (9-9, 2) in a bout that Seki must win if he's to remain relevant on the Japanese domestic scene. Seki has lost 2 of his last 3 and although talented cannot afford an upset loss to Ota. As for Ota he's taking a big step up in class but will see this as his chance to move towards a Japanese ranking.
One final bout of note from this card will see the exciting Shuhei Tsuchiya (19-4, 16) in against against Thai visitor Ekarachan Mor Krungthep Thomburee (0-0) in what should be a straight forward win for the exciting, but flawed, Tsuchiya.
After a few days grave the action resume in Asia with shows in Japan and Thailand.
Of the two Asian show's we must admit it's the Japanese card that has caught our eye with a bout that promises fun supported by a couple of 8 rounders.
Technically the main event is a Super Flyweight bout between Japanese Flyweight Shuji Hamada (13-6-4, 2) and Masashi Odaira (5-4-2, 2). We'll be honest this isn't a main event level bout, but it should be an action packed one and the fact a ranked contender is in action makes the bout noteworthy.
The chief support bout, though in our eyes the most exciting bout on the card, will see former Japanese title challenger Koichi Aso (19-6-1, 12) battle against the heavy handed Tatsuya Miyazaki (8-6-1, 8). “Shamgar” Koichi is rarely in a bad fight and is genuinely one of the most fun to watch domestic level fighters in Japan, as a result we expect this one will be a lot of fun when the two clash in the ring. Notable Aso will be hoping that a win here puts him on the verge of another title fight, either at the Japanese level or the OPBF level.
The remaining 8 rounder will see Hiroki Saito (6-8-1, 4) battle against Takeshi Goda (7-4-1, 2) in what looks like a relatively well matched contest, despite the spotty records of both men. On paper Goda will be the favourite though he is win-less in hist last 3 whilst Saito has gone 4-1-1 in his last 6, suggesting this could be more competitive than it looks on paper.
In Thailand fans get televised action, courtesy of channel 11, though we must admit it's not the type of action that really gets us excited.
The main event will see Morakote Patanakan Gym (11-6, 6) battle against Richie Behec (2-3-1, 1) in a bout for the WBA Asia Flyweight title. Interestingly both of these men have been stopped by up coming world title challenger Young Kil Bae. Sadly however neither man has scored a win worth making a note of and we do wonder why the WBA have sanctioned this bout for any title, even one as insignificant as the Asia title.
On the same card will be a bout between Saengchai Sithprayoon (1-1, 1) and Pakasit Twins Gym (0-3), showing just how poor this show is.
Also scheduled to be in action here is Chingchai Kiatpracha (7-3, 3), though his opponent has yet to be named.
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There is only one show in Japan this coming Tuesday and it's a relatively small, yet interesting, one at the Korakuen Hall. The card doesn't feature anyone in terms of a “major” name but it does have some interesting match ups and could well be a very interesting card for fans who make their way to the “Japanese holy ground”.
The main event will see Japanese ranked Flyweight contender Yota Hori (12-3-2, 7) trying to put a December loss behind him as he takes on the struggling Shunji Hamada (12-6-4, 2). Hamada fought to a draw last time out with Ryuto Oho but is currently win-less since a decision win against Masafumi Otake back in August 2013. Both men know they will need a win and both will know that if they score a win they could end up in title contention by the end of the year.
For us the more interesting bout, and potentially a much more exciting encounter, is the co-feature which will see the exciting Shamgar Koichi (18-6-1, 11) battling against Filipino visitor Gabriel Royo (10-11-2, 8). Royo has lost the 3 rimes he's fought in Japan and is likely to lose again here however it's always a lot of fun to see Koichi in the ring with his high energy pressure style. This could be a very enjoyable contest.
As well as the two main bouts, both scheduled for 8, there is also a n interesting 6 rounder between the hard hitting Naoki Mochizuki (6-1, 5) and the more experienced Kenishi Yoshioka (8-8, 2). Mochizuki is a 21 year old puncher who's sole loss came to the talented Sonin Nihei last September in a Rookie of the Year bout, since then howeber he's scored a 70 second blow out win against Takuma Okada. Yoshioka on the other hand is fighting for the first time since December 2013 and will be hoping to end a 2 fight losing run.
On paper there is very well matched 6 rounder as Hideki Suzuki (6-4-1, 1) battles against Shun Shimazaki (6-6, 1). We're expecting this on to go the distance though it'll likely be very competitive and is a brilliantly matched bout between two youngsters who will give their all to get a much needed win.
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