We've known for a few weeks now that WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (9-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花] was going to make her first defense in September, as she battles Nanae Suzuki (10-3-1, 1) [鈴木菜々江]. That bout had been confirmed earlier this month and we were also informed it would be held in Kobe. At the time however little else was known.
The only real details confirmed were Mika Iwakawa would face Nanae Suzuki on September 26th at the Central Gym, Kobe.
Now we've seen the full card being announced by Shinsei, along with the poster and details regarding the show being broadcast online for free. We also know that the WBO Atomweight title bout will not be the main event!
The main event honours actually go to former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo (13-2, 9) [久保隼], who is fighting for the first time since a loss to Can Xu in May 2019. The former world champion will be facing Takashi Igarashi (13-4, 5) [五十嵐嵩視] in an 8 round bout being fought above the Featherweight limit.
On paper this should be an easy win for Kubo, especially given Igarashi hasn't fought in almost 2 years, but with stoppage losses in 2 of his last 3 there are question marks about his durability and ring miles. Saying that however Igarashi has been stopped 3 times, including his last bout, a notable upset loss to Toshiya Yokogawa.
Another bout now confirmed for this card was the long rumoured return of Kohei Oba (36-3-1, 14) [大場浩平], who will face Yoshiki Minato (8-3, 3) [湊義生].
This bout had been rumoured since Oba, also known as the "Mayweather of Nagoya", stated he was going to make a come back at the age of 35. He had retired citing issues with his eyes, but he's had treatment and rest from the sport, which has seemingly allowed his eyes to recover along with his fire for boxing. This will be his first bout in more than 6 years and he's more than a decade older than Minato. As for Minato he has lost his last 2 and will be the naturally smaller man here, though of course is the younger, fresher fighter.
We mentioned that their had been details released regarding the broadcasting of the show. The main bouts will be streamed live on the Boxing Real youtube channel, whilst the rest of the show will be made available afterwards.
Boxing Real, which only started a few months ago, has quickly become a brilliant addition to the boxing world. They have already had 2 streams similar to this and they were both flawless, so we are expecting another quality stream for this event.
The channel appears to be making a mark on the sport, and hopefully it continues to deliver these shows in the way it does as it really does give fans more of a chance to catch fights that typically we wouldn't see.
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