This coming Sunday Japanese fans get the choice of two shows
In Fukuoka Japanese fans get an interesting card with a trio of unbeaten fighters all looking to extend their perfect runs.
The most well known of those three is the world ranked Takumi Sakae (12-0, 8) who puts his perfect record and rankings on the line against little known domestic rival Munehito Kijima (6-7-1). This should be a clear win for Sakae however we're unsure if he's really deserving of his world rankings and we really can't wait to see him really tested. Saying that though he is a fun to watch fighter with a lot of potential.
Another man showing real potential, and genuine excitement, is Yuki Beppu (9-0, 9) who puts his perfect KO run on the line against Indonesian fighter Yasmet Star (3-4, 3). On paper this looks like an easy win for Beppu, and it really should be a blow out for the power puncher given that Star has been stopped in 3 of his 4 losses. If Beppu, as expected, blows away Star here we're hoping to see him move onto Japanese ranked foes in 2016 ahead of potential domestic title fights in the next 12-18 months.
The other unbeaten fighter on this card worth making a note of is Kotaro Ishibashi (3-0-2, 3) who faces Shota Aikawa (4-4-2, 1) in a 6 rounder. At 36 years old Ishibashi cannot waste much time so a win here could see him being moved quickly towards the 8 round distance.
As well as the three unbeaten fighters we're also genuinely excited to see the professional debut of Yuki Koha (0-0) who is tipped as one to watch at 140lbs. Koha makes his debut against Indonesian visitor Rian Cobra (2-1, 1). On paper this isn't a terrible debut for the Japanese fighter who is facing a man who's only loss was a 4-round TKO loss to Yusuke Yamanouchi back in May, and if Koha can impress then there's a good chance he'll be put on a fast track.
A second Japanese show, which also features a number of interesting bouts, comes from Osaka.
The first of two main events here is a rematch between former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (41-13-5, 29), of the Philippines, and Shota Kawaguchi (18-6-1, 8). These two men met earlier this year, with Jaro claiming a close decision win, but Kawaguchi will be looking for revenge in what will almost certainly be a brilliant and competitive contest. Interestingly Jaro's win Kawaguchi last time out was Jaro's first win in Japan having lost in 3 previous bouts in the country.
The co-main on this show will see Shingo Kawamura (10-2-1, 5) battle Shun Ishibashi (10-17-1, 4) in an all southpaw match up. On paper this should be a straight forward win for Kawamura though he has gone 1-1-1 in his last 3 bouts whilst Ishibashi is certainly better than his record suggests. This could be a very good test for Kawamura if he's to move on to title level in the next 12 months.