This coming Sunday isn't a busy day in boxing, but there is still an interesting card in Yamaguchi.
The main event of the card will see recent OPBF title challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (6-4-2, 2) battle against former OPBF champion Allan Tanada (14-4-3, 6) in what looks like a “meh” bout on paper but should genuinely be a good match up. Sumiyoshi has been thrown to the wolves through his career, and yet has regularly acquitted himself very well, and in fact with more cautious management he could easily be unbeaten and highly ranked by the JBC and OPBF. As for Tanada he is known in Japan for upsetting Rikiya Fukuhara and dropping Masao Nakamura, before being stopped by Nakamura. They styles he should make for a fun and well matched contest.
Another interesting match up will see the hard hitting Kosuke Saka (12-3, 9) take on the gutsy Burning Ishii (7-2-1, 2). Saka is the puncher, and the younger man, but will know another loss here could ruin any chance he has of getting a title fight. For Ishii this is a chance to build on a great win over Johnreil Maligro, from back in December. Both men will be after a win and both will bring it for this one.
Another really interesting match up will see the touted Yuki Konami (2-0, 2) battle against Fine Arai (5-2-1, 1). Konami turned professional with plenty in the know tipping him to be a star but this is his first real test in the professional ranks and we should learn a lot more about him here than we have in the 3 rounds he has already fought with the headgear. Arai has been matched hard and is, by far, the more battle hardened fighter here but will be the smaller man and will be seen as the under-dog give how good Konami was as an amateur
Action continues to get going in Japan this coming Monday with an interesting show featuring 3 bouts of note.
In the main event we'll see former Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (21-6-4, 16) battle against Tonko Nakagawa (13-7-2, 5), in what will almost certainly be an action packed encounter. Of the two men the most notable is the teak tough Takahashi, who came to our attention in a 2014 FOTY contender against Kentaro Masuda, who later dubbed him a "Zombie", however Nakagawa has never been stopped and will likely meet Takahashi in the middle of the ring for a firefight. Don't be surprised if this ends up being one of the best fights of the month.
A second bout of note, and the chief support bout, sees promising Welterweight Yuki Beppu (11-0, 11) look to continue his impressive run as he faces Lekker Bangkok 2007 (0-1). Beppu, who won the Rookie of the Year in 2014, is making his way to a title fight, which may come later this year, and this bout with against the Thai visitor is little more than a stay busy contest.
Another fighter of note is this highly regarded Yuki Konami (1-0, 1) who looked to score his second professional win as he battles Thai visitor Petchmahalert Eminent Air (0-1). The Thai's only recorded bout came last August, when he was stopped in 134 seconds by the fearsome Toshio Arikawa, who is now in line for a shot at the Japanese Welterweight title, and it's fair to say that the 21 year old Konami will be looking to make quicker work of the Thai. Incidentally Konami's only professional bout lasted just 26 seconds, as he quickly blitzed Rian Cobra last October.