December 22nd-Shindo Go to defend world title, Usami v Kazuya and The 60th All Japan Rookie of the Year final
With Christmas just around the corner and New Years Eve less than a week later we may understand fans, especially in the West, forgetting about boxing for a few days. The Japanese however aren't done quite yet with a trio of cards on December 22nd as well as 2 huge shows on New Years Eve.
The December 22nd shows give us a bit of everything. We get a female world title fight, a very promising prospect and the excellent All Japan Rookie of the year show.
The most notable single fight of the day is in the "Big Wave" in Wakayama as Japan's talented Shindo Go (12-2, 8) looks to make the first defense of her WBC Flyweight title. Go, a really talented 26 year old from Wakayama, is expected to retain the title she won earlier this year as she takes on Judith Rodriguez (6-5, 4) though the bout should be a lot more competitive than the records do indicate.
Go, pictured, appears to have all the advantages though Rodriguez has been in the ring with various world level fighters including former Japanese world champion Naoko Yamaguchi and
On the same card in Wakayama we expect 6 other bouts with 2 of them being female bouts and 4 of the being male bouts. Unfortunately though none of those 6 contests look that notable with 5 of them being scheduled for 4 rounds and the sole 6 rounder also fails to look that exciting on paper. Thankfully though it's main even is worth turning up for.
As well as the show headlined by the female world title fight we also get a show at the Industrial Hall in Gifu. This show, just like that one, is a 7 fight show though this is headlined by a non-title contest as the Japanese and OPBF ranked Futoshi Usami (11-0-1, 8) takes on Kazuya Murata (7-4, 3). It's difficult here to see anything but a win for Usami but he could be given a decent if Murata gets his act together for the fight. In all honesty though we're merely expecting a stoppage for Usami.
The under-card here is again weak though it does feature 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. These include a bout for the very experienced Yusuke Morishima (22-21-5, 7) who will be fighting Toshikuni Wake (6-13-3, 2) in what is unlikely to be a great bouts despite it being the chief support bout on the show.
Despite the fact we have a female title fight and several notable names in other shows across Japan it's fair to say that the biggest show of the day is in Tokyo at the Korakuen Hall as we get the 60th All Japan Rookie of the Year final.
This show, which features 12 bouts, is arguably the highlight of the day in regards to boxing. We will see bouts at every weight between Minimumweight and Middleweight, barring Light Middleweight, as the 24 fighters look to crown themselves as the Rookie of the Year. These bouts will include the unbeaten Takumi Sakae (6-0, 3) taking on Yoshinori Wakahara (6-3, 3) in the Minimumweight bout, the 17 year old Ryuto Maekawa (7-0, 4) fighting Aiki Koto (5-1-1, 3) in the Light Flyweight bout and Dai Taoka (7-0, 4) fighting Ryoji Tanaka (5-2-1, 2) in the Welterweight bout.