In recent months it seems like promoters have started to step up their game, and cards that typically only had one one or two good fights now have 3 or 4. That was shown again today when Misako gym announced the next Diamond Glove card, set for April 13th at the Korakuen Hall. And genuinely we feel they could have got two solid cards out of the match ups they have on offer.
The main event will see WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (20-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] defending the title against big punching Filipino Lorenzo Villanueva (32-2-1, 28) in a really exciting looking match up. Ito is one of the best pure boxers in Japan, and is and is riding a 4 fight winning run against the likes of Dai Iwai, Shingo Eto and Takuya Watanabe whilst Villanueva is a monster puncher who is best known for his up-and-down bout with Daud Yordan from back in 2012. It's a boxer Vs a puncher and could be a very fun bout.
The chief support bout will see former world title challenger Keita Obara (15-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] return to the ring and go up against Indonesian foe Larry Siwu (24-7, 20) in a decent looking comeback bout for the former Japanese and OPBF Light Welterweight champion. Notably this bout will be a 10 rounder at Welterweight and could well be Obara finally saying good bye to the Light Welterweight division, which he has struggled to make for a while.
Another brilliant supporting bout will see former OPBF and Japanese Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (30-7-2, 9) [加藤 善孝] battle the fast rising Shuichiro Yoshino (3-0, 2) [吉野 修一郎]. If Yoshino can get past Kato, even the currently faded version of Kato, it would be a statement and it seems clear that Yoshino's team strongly believe in their man, who was a former amateur stand out.
Another former Japanese champion on this card will be former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (26-7, 14) [益田 健太郎], who will be up against who will be up against the Filipino Romel Oliveros (8-3-1, 3). This bout isn't as good as the three mentioned above but shows that Masuda is keeping busy and it seems likely that those linked to him will push hard for the veteran to get a world title fight before the end of 2017.
A more attractive bout will see former amateur stand out Motoki Osanai (1-0) [小山内幹] return for his second professional bout as he takes on fellow unbeaten Takeshi Kaneko (4-0-1) [かねこたけし]. Osanai was one of a trio of Watanabe gym fighters who had their pro-tests on the same day, with the others being Masataka Taniguchi and Hiroto Kyoguchi, and it seems clear that he has lost time to make up forgiven that the other two are now in title bouts, and we suspect we'll see something a little special from him here.
As with all Diamond Glove cards this will be shown on Fuji TV, on a tape delay basis, but the date and time hasn't yet been set for the broadcast.
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