The past 24 hours have seen the announcement of an intriguing January 14th show at the Korakuen Hall, a show that will be covered by G+ as part of their "Dyanmic Glove" series. The card, promoted by Kadoebi Houseki, is an interesting one on several levels with a number of notable names in action.
Booked for the main event is Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎]. At the moment his opponent hasn't been named but he has shown an interest in adding to his Japanese title and speculation is that he could be fighting for either the OPBF or WBO Asia Pacific titles, potentially helping him in the world rankings and securing a better opponent than the lies of Adam Lovelock, Nathan McKay and David Torres Garica, who have been very poor opponents following Kyotaro's bouts with Nobuhiro Ishida.
In the chief supporting bout fans will see heavy handed former Japanese, OPBF and PABA champion Akinori Watanabe (33-5, 28) [渡部あきのり], who will be fighting for the first time since transferring to Kadoebi Houseki, facing off with the unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (7-0-1, 3) [井上 岳志]. This is a really mouth waterign bout, despite the fact Watanabe has been out of the ring since November 2015, when he lost in 6 rounds to current Japabnese welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa at the Strongest Korakuen. At his best Watanabe was an exciting glass cannon, capable of stopping Yuichi Ideta, Takehiro Shimokawara, Yo Inoue and Koshinmaru Saito, but has been stopped in all 5 of his losses. As for the unbeaten Inoue ranked #4 in Japan at 154lbs and holds notable wins against the likes of Hisao Narita and Elfelos Vega, he's shown a lot of promise but this is a huge step up in class for the unbeaten man.
Another supporting bout will see Japanese ranked Middleweight fighters facing off, with Shoma Fukumoto (9-1, 7) [福本 祥馬] battling Kazuyuki Fukuyama (10-7, 3) [福山 和徹] for the second time. The heavy handed Fukumoto is on a 7 fight winning run, though that includes 2 close decisions that have slowed his rise to a title fight. Despite showing very early promising Fukumoto has failed to really build and it seems like he'll struggle if, or when, he finally gets a shot at a title. As for Fukuyama he is coming into this bout on the back of a win in July, against Toshihiro Kai, though did lose his 3 previous contests, including one to Fukumoto in early 2015.
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