This coming Tuesday Japanese fight fans in Kyoto get the chance to see a world title fight featuring one of the biggest boxing names in Asia. Sadly though the rest of the card really is lacking and isn't worth talking about too much.
The exciting main event will see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) look to score a record equalling 13th defence of the title as he takes on unbeaten mandatory challenger Luis Nery (23-0, 17), in a bout that looks truly mouth watering. With both fighters having unbeaten records and reputation as big punchers the bout does have the potential to be something really special, though it is viewed as a monstrous step up in class for the challenger. The champion, the longest reigning active champion, will tie a long standing Japanese record for most defences of a world title, held by Yoko Gushiken. For Nery the bout will be his first outside of Mexico, his first at world level and potentially his chance to announce himself on the world stage.
The one under-card bout worthy of some mention will see veteran Kenichi Horikawa (32-15-1, 7) take on Takayuki Teraji (7-13-1, 4), in what really looks like a mismatch. The 37 year old Horikawa was beaten last time out, by Tetsuya Hisada in a bout for the Japanese title, but showed enough fight back in February to over-come Koji Itagaki and claim the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title. Teraji has shown some ability at times, but he's scored just 1 win in his last 6, and has been stopped 3 times during that run including a 3rd round stoppage to Sho Kimura last year. Age may play a part here, but it's hard to imagine anything but a win for Horikawa.