This coming Tuesday sees a low key card at the Korakuen Hall with a really notable rematch as the main event.
That main event sees the Japanese Welterweight title being unified as the big punching champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) returns from injury to battle interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-8-3, 8). These two were supposed to fight earlier this year, as part of the Champion Carnival, but the bout was cancelled on short notice due to Arikawa suffering a training injury. The injury to Arikawa lead to Sakamoto fighting Makoto Kawasaki for the interim title, and taking a decision win. It should be noted that these two have history, and Sakamoto stopped Arikawa back in 2014, inside a round, and will be looking to do the same here. Although neither man has a great record both are in good form, with Sakamoto going 7-0-2 (5), including the win over Arikawa, and Arikawa going 6-0 (5), since the loss to Sakamoto.
In a noteworthy under-card bout we'll be able to see the exciting Ryusei Kawaura (2-0, 2) take on Nadtakorn Sithjacknoi (0-2). Aged 23 there is a lot of promise in Kawaura, though there has been a relative lack of activity and this will be his second fight this year, following a 92 second blow out win over another Thai novice. Hopefully this will be Kawaura's final bout against a limited Thai foe before moving onto domestic bouts, which would likely serve as a much better test than Thai's like Nadtakorn.