After a few big days of fights this coming Sunday feels more like a day to unwind, with only two small Japanese cards scheduled for the day.
The bigger of the two events takes place in Chiba and is an 8 round bout card promoted by Flash Akabane.
In an 8 round bout, which is strangely in the middle of the card, fans will see the unbeaten Fire Ikkyu (6-0-1, 4) take on one time Japanese title challenger Masashi Tada (11-5-3, 7). At 30 years old Ikkyu really needs to kick on if he's looking to have a shot at holding gold in his professional career. Ikkyu is unbeaten but really needs a big performance and will know that a potential Japanese ranking is in his grasp if he can defeat Tada. As for Tada, who lost in a Japanese Minimumweight title bout back in 2014 to Go Odaira, this is a chance to put a 4-fight win-less streak behind him. Tada has yet to return to winning ways since the loss to Odaira, and was notably stopped inside a round last year by Masamichi Yabuki. This isn't a huge bout on paper, but is a notable bout for both men.
A second notable bout on this card is a well matched contest between Atsushi Suzuki (5-3-2, 2) and Ryuki Ishii (7-3, 4). The 28 year old Suzuki has been a professional since early 2015 and has had very mixed for through his career. He's riding a 2 fight winning run into this, but had lost 3 of his 4 bouts prior to his recent wins. Ishii on the other hand is a 20 year old who had had better form over-all but had suffered losses to his most notable foes, including Shawn Oda and Kazuma Sanpei. This is a tough match up to call, but we dare suggest that Ishii is the fighter with the more upside.
The second card is the West Japan Rookie of the Year Final in Osaka. As with many of the Rookie of the Year cards this is an interesting card, with 10 bouts on it, but doesn't feature any notable names. In fact the most notable name involved is promoter Nobuhiro Ishida, who has 3 of his fighters in the final.
One of those Ishida promoted fighters is Middleweight hopeful Takeshi Dohi (1-0, 1), who battles against Hammer Gorilla (1-1) in a 4 round bout. Dohui made his debut in April, and it was a 101 second cameo as he quickly saw off Takenori Tsuchimoto and made an immediate impact on the professional ranks. The 30 year old Gorilla actually lost on his debut, in July 2017, but took a split decision this past April to advance to this final.
In another bout featuring an Ishida promoted fighter fans will see Lightweight hopeful Ryuhei Uchimura (3-0, 1) will face off with Aso Ishiwaki (3-1, 2). The unbeaten Uchimura, is a 24 year old who has scraped two split decision wins in his first 3 bouts and is perhaps lucky to have an unbeaten record. Ishiwaki on the other hand is a 19 year old Ishida promoted hopeful, who lost inside a round on his debut but has improved markedly since then and is looking to continue his rise here. This could be a very exciting contest, with the winner knowing they will take a huge step towards the All Japan Rookie of the Year final.