This coming Tuesday we see an interesting card at the Korakuen Hall, featuring a top Japanese prospect taking a huge step up and a former Japanese national champion looking to end 2 fight losing run.
The prospect of note on this card is former amateur standout Ryusei Kawaura (5-0, 4), who steps up and goes up against Filipino visitor Renoel Pael (23-8-1, 12). The highly talented Kawaura turned professional in 2016 and looked fantastic when he was taking out Thai novices to begin with. He stepped up big time in 2018, beating Marjun Pantilgan, and is looking to take another big step forward here. A win for Kawaura will likely move him towards a title fight later in the year. Pael on the other hand is a former OPBF title challenger and has given good tests to the likes of Ardin Diale, Suguru Muranaka and has yet to be stopped. Pael will be the clear under-dog, but will know that a win here really will resurrect a faltering career.
Talking about somone needing a win to keep their career going Toshio Arikawa (15-6, 13), the former Japanese Welterweight champion, really is in last chance saloon right now. The heavy handed Arikawa went on a great run in 2014-2017, scoring 7 wins in a row including victories over Akinori Watanabe and Nobuyuki Shindo. That run came into an end last year and he has been stopped in his last 2 bouts, by Ryota Yada and Kudura Kaneko. Despite his lack of current form he will be strongly favoured to pick up a win here, as he takes on the very limited Masafumi Ando (5-8-2, 2) in a 6 round bout. A loss for Arikawa and this will be the end, though he has been matched very softly here.