It's great to have mid-week fights of note and this Wednesday we see an OPBF title fight in Tokyo, and better yet we can all see it courtesy of an official stream of the entire show over ustream by Japanese fighting legend Yoko Gushiken. For those who want to watch the show please visit the Gushiken ustream channel which is found here.
The main of the show sees OPBF Flyweight champion Koki Eto (15-3-1, 11) defending the belt he won in a thriller with Ardin Diale earlier this year. The Diale/Eto bout is one of the 2014 FOTY candidates though we wouldn't be shocked to see another thriller here as Eto battles against Filipino challenger Cris Paulino (14-1, 4) in what looks likely to be a really good fight. On paper Eto is the heavier handed and more proven fighter but his last few bouts have been total wars and it's going to be a huge ask for him to go to the well again considering the damage that he seems to be accumulating in recent contests. Paulino will be the under-dog but this bout is certainly not a foregone conclusion.
The chief support bout will see the highly experienced Hyobu Nakagama (17-11-4, 12) battle against fellow compatriot Yuki Fukumoto (16-9, 5). Neither of the fighters here are likely to win a title, even domestically, but should make for a good fight with each other. Nakagama is best known for his fights in Thailand, which have seen him lose to Oleydong Sithsamerchai and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, though he does enter this bout as a ranked Japanese contender and knows that a loss here will cost him his ranking.
The second support bout will see recent Japanese title contender Taiki Eto (13-3, 10) battling against Filipino fighter Zoren Pama (6-11-3, 3). For Eto this will be his second bout since being beaten by Yohei Tobe in a Japanese Super Flyweight title fight whilst for Pama this will his first bout since suffering a technical decision defeat to former WBC world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Eto is the more naturally talented of the two men here but Pama certainly seems like he could give Eto a hard fight if he's on form.
On the undercard there will be 6 more fights, include the debut of Robert Yamamoto (0-0) who we believe is a comedic actor who has had his voice featured in Pokémon games. We'll not guess on how good he is but we do need to admit that it's interesting debut all the same.
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