In Tokyo on February 17th we'll get a low key card in the Tokyo area, taking place in the Arena Tachikawa Tachihi.
In the main event fans will see hard hitting Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Hayato Ono (8-2, 8) take on the little known Fumisuke Kimura (7-4, 4) in an 8 round contest. Coming into this Ono has been in a rich vein of form, stopping his last 3 opponents, and put a loss in the 2016 Rookie of the Year final well behind him. Ono's not the toughest fighter, but wins over Noriaki Sato and Ryusei Nakajima have put the 22 year old on a good course to a title fight. Kimura, 31, has never been stopped but has been beaten in 3 of his last 4, and was shut out by Andy Hiraoka a year ago. Although tough we do expect this to be a real test of Kimura's chin, grit and determination.
Also on this card is a fantastically competitive looking match up between Shunsuke Isa (6-1-1, 1) and Yuni Takada (6-3-1, 3), in a 6 round contest. The 20 year old Isa has gone unbeaten in 3 fights following an opening round loss to Retsu Akabane during the East Japan Rookie of the Year in 2017, and is a talent even if he is a very light puncher. Takada, who is also 20, has lost to the likes of Tatsuro Nakashima and Tomoki Shibanuma. He's a slightly harder puncher than Isa, but was beaten last time out ending a 5 fight winning run.
Also on this card is Taichi Ueno (6-3, 3), who will be facing Thai visitor Chinathip Thawiphun (1-3-1). The 21 year old Ueno, who looks to bounce back from a stoppage loss to Gakuya Furuhashi, is unlikely to really be tested here as he takes on Chinathip, who is 0-2 outside of Thailand and was stopped last time out.