Last week we reported on the 2017 Champion Carnival bouts, which were announced just under a week ago. Those bouts included a Japanese Bantamweight title fight between former world title challenger Ryo Akaho (29-2-2, 19) [赤穂 亮] and former Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka (19-1-3, 13) [田中 裕士], who will be getting his second crack at a domestic title having failed to win this title last year. That Bantamweight title bout is pencilled to take place at the Korakuen Hall on March 10th and today we learned that it wouldn't be the only bout of note set to take place on the show.
Today it was announced that in the chief bout of that card fight fans will see former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20) [天笠 尚] take on veteran professional Kinshiro Usui (27-4, 11) [臼井 欽士郎].
Whilst Amagasa Vs Usui will not ring any alarm bells internationally it will be a brilliant domestic match up for Japanese fight fans. Amagasa, best known for his 2014 loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux, is rarely in a dull fight and despite not being world class is a fighter who is fun to watch and brings bother toughness and an action style. Usui might be less well known but is in the form of his career with 6 straight wins including victories over Masaaki Serie, Hikaru Marugame and Hiroyasu Matsuzaki.
Given that the winner will likely be in the title mix whilst the loser will have serious rebuilding to do the match up a key one on the Japanese domestic scene and the winner will certainly see their career moving forward.
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