On Monday our attention turns to Osaka where we get the next Japanese title fight, sadly however the rest of the card is weak with little to really talk about.
The main event from the card will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (31-9-2, 19) defending his title against Koki Ono (12-4, 5). The world ranked Hisada won the title in April 2017 and has already ran up 3 defenses as he's not only distinguished himself as the leading domestic fighter but also a top contender for a world title fight, which could potentially be a shot at WBC champion Ken Shiro. Aged 33, and turning 34 in October, Hisada knows time is against him but he's staying active against decent Japanese challengers. As for Ono he comes into the bout, his first title bout, on the back of a razor thin loss to Koji Itagaki in a Japanese title eliminator. Prior to that loss Ono had been on a good run, with 5 straight wins including victories over the likes of Aiki Koto and Ryoya Ikema and at 27 years old he is right in his physical prime. For Ono this is a huge opportunity to break into the world rankings, but it would take a career best performance against a man who has gone unbeaten since March 2015.
The only real under-card bout of note will see Yuki Takahashi (8-2, 4) take on Kazuaki Miyamoto (5-2, 4). Takahashi looked promising early in his career, winning his first 5 bouts. He has since had a couple of wobbles, but has shown power, and gone 3-2 (3) in his last 5 bouts. Miyamoto also started his career with some promise, starting off his career in 6 round bouts, and although he has suffered stoppage losses to Shuzo Inada and Seiichi Okada he is still a solid fighter at this level. Given what we know about the two fighters we're expecting a very good fight here with the potential for either man to be stopped.