For the second day running Japanese fans get the chance to see action at the Korakuen Hall including the retirement ceremony of a domestic legend as well as the return to the ring of a very exciting 140lb fighter who found himself coming up short last time out.
The fighter who is taking part in his retirement ceremony is former 5-weight Japanese champion Tadashi Yuba (46-10-2, 33) who won national titles from Lightweight to Middleweight in a sensational career that included wars, knockouts, heartbreak and a lot of fun. Sadly however Yuba lost 2 of his last 3 bouts, both in the last 12 months, and at 38 years old he is heading off into retirement.
One man who will be continuing despite a loss last time out is Shinya Iwabuchi (23-5, 19), who was stopped by Keita Obara in an OPBF title fight. Iwabuchi, who was previously ranked in the top 15 by the WBO, is always exciting to watch he'll be hoping to get back to winning ways when he takes on Venezuelan journeyman Luis Araguayan (11-7, 6). We believe Araguayan was the third choice opponent for Iwabuchi and this shouldn't be a tough test for the exciting Japanese fighter, who we are huge fans of.
Iwabuchi's fight is the main event bout and is one of just two bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. The other 8 rounder will see promising southpaw Kenta Nakagawa (8-2, 6) battle against light hitting veteran Takashi Nishimura (8-12-1, 1). Nakagawa comes into this bout on a run of 6 straight wins and will be expecting to extend that run against Nishimura who has won just 1 of his last 6 bouts.
The rest of the card is relatively weak though there is a well matched female bout between the unbeaten Aiko Yamagishi (4-0-1, 2) and the once beaten Yunoka Furukawa (4-1-2, 2). Whilst we won't pretend this is a mouth watering match up it does look very even on paper and could turn out to be a fantastic and competitive contest.
The card features a pair of Lightweight bouts each scheduled for 5 rounds in what appear to be B class tournament bouts. One of those will see Tsubasa Matsuo (8-3, 4) take on Manato Honma (7-3, 4) whilst the other will see the heavy handed Ryosuke Takami (5-1, 4) battle against Shintaro Nakamura (5-3-1, 2). Of the 4 men involved here Takami looks like the one with the most upside though he was stopped in the 2013 Rookie of the year final by Ryuji Ikeda in what was his most notable bout to date.
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