We get the next A Sign Bee card this coming Tuesday, which will feature a former 2-time world title challenger in the main event, and a couple of decent looking low level domestic bouts.
The former 2-time world title challenger on this card is Ryo Akaho (33-2-2, 22) who takes on southpaw Hyuma Fujioka (10-7-1, 1) in the main event. On paper this looks to be a total mismatch, though the focus has been on Akaho improving his skill set against southpaws, with Akaho admitting he's not good against lefties. It's unclear what Akaho is aiming for in the future though it should be noted that Japan has a host of notable southpaws at 122lbs, including Shingo Wake and Shohei Omori. Fujioka is no world beater though could be more competitive than his record suggests.
The chief support bout will see Yuta Nakayama (6-2-1, 3) take on JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific ranked fighter Yuto Takahashi (9-4, 4). Last time out Nakayama was stopped by Ryuto Oho, in a Japanese Youth title fight, and he will be looking to bounce back from that set back. Takahashi on the other hand will be looking to build on a good win over Ryoki Hirai. Although Takahashi does has 4 losses, he has mixed with good company and he's lost to the likes of Tsubasa Koura, Norihito Tanaka and Tatsuya Fukuhara.
Another good looking competitive bout will see Ryuta Wakamatsu (11-14-1, 8) take on Masatoshi Nakamura (7-9, 4) in a very competitive looking contest. Wakamatsu has gone 2-6-1 in his last 9 whilst Nakamura on the other hand has won just 1 of his last 5 and it's clear that both will feel like this is a great chance to pick up a win.
Action returns to the Korakuen Hall this coming Monday as we get the next show in the A Sign Bee series of cards. The show isn't the best, in fact it's main event looks to be a huge mismatch between a 2-time world title challenger and a limited domestic fighter, but it does have a well matched Japanese Youth title fight, and a well matched domestic support bout.
As mentioned the main event will feature a 2-time world title challenger, that's Ryo Akaho (32-2-2, 21) who really is being matched softly here, as he takes on Naoto Mizutani (5-4-1, 2). On one hand Akaho has had a frustrating year, giving up the Japanese title in December and then blowing out Robert Udtohan inside a round when he returned to the ring. On the other hand he really should be wanting to shake some ring rust before a bit 2019. Mizutani has no right being in the ring with Akaho, and has already been stopped 3 times in his career. Not only has Mizutani been stopped a number of times but he brings nothing to the table to really test Akaho, who should have been matched against someone much more testing here.
The main supporting bout here will see Japanese Youth Light Flyweight champion Ryuto Oho (11-4-1, 3) defending his title against Yuta Nakayama (6-1-1, 3). The 23 year old champion has had a weird career so far. He was tipped for big things when he won the Rookie of the Year back in 2013 but numerous set backs since then have hampered his rise. He dropped down in weight, from Flyweight to Light Flyweight for the Youth title earlier this year and stopped Tetsuya Tomioka for the title. Nakayama went 1-1-1 to begin his career, but has impressive gone 5-0 since then, and done so with a notable win over Tatsuhiro Toguchi. This should be very hotly contest and very exciting, with both men starting to believe in their power in recent bouts. A full preview of this bout can be read here Oho seeks first defense, takes on tricky Nakayama
Lower down the card we'll see Japanese ranked Welterweight Makoto Kawasaki (9-7-1, 2) take on the limited but hard hitting Kentaro Endo (7-8-1, 6), in what looks like a surprisingly competitive contest on paper. Kawasaki is certainly the more skilled fighter, but has lost her last 3 bouts, and has taken punishment in recent bouts. Endo is limited, but he is very heavy handed and we suspect he'll be looking to use that power here, and he will be dangerous early on. Sadly for Endo the longer this bout goes the less chance he has of making the most of his power.
One other under-card bout of note is a contest between Japanese ranked Heavyweight Ryu Ueda (6-1-1, 3) and unbeaten Korean Jong Kook Kim (3-0, 2). Interestingly these two men both stopped Sang Ho Kim in their last bout, with Ueda doing it last year and Jong Kook Kim doing it more than 2 years ago. Sadly the inactivity for Kim could be the difference here, but the Korean southpaw will not have travelled to lose his unbeaten record. The Japanese fighter is also a southpaw, but he is notably 1-1-1 in his last 3, and doesn't have much momentum coming into this, despite his win over Sang Ho Kim last time out.