Every so often a show comes along that is simply brilliant. A card that stands out as a true testament of how good out sport can be and proof that sometimes boxing really does get it right with match ups that make sense, fights that look good on paper and bouts that will see fighters getting tested.
One such card comes on December 29th this year as Ohashi Gym put on their second "FES" show, a card dubbed a boxing festival.
The "Boxing FES 2015" already has numerous great bouts lined up such as Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) returning after all most a year out to defend his WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), a mouth watering IBF Light Flyweight title bout between aggressive champion Javier Mendoza (24-2-1, 19) and all-action Japanese challenger Akira Yaegashi (22-5, 12), a Japanese Featherweight title bout between heavy handed champion Satoshi Hosono (29-2-1, 20) and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-4-2, 13), an OPBF title fight between Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) and Filipino challenger Rene Dacquel (15-5-1, 5) and bouts featuring Ryo Matsumoto (16-0, 14) and Hiroki Inoue (0-0).
To describe the show as a festival really is apt and the show really is a treat for those who will be in attendance.
More than a month ahead of the show Ohashi has released a poster featuring the 6 Ohashi gym fighters who will be in notable matchups, the Inoue's, Yaegashi, Matsumoto and Hosono, with 5 of the men pictured with belts showing just how much talent is on the card.
Whilst the poster might not be as artistically pleasing as the poster Ohashi used for "The Fight" the card really is something special and the bout line up, which is partially featured on the poster, speaks for it's self. If you like boxing then this really is something very special. If you can't see that then maybe this sport isn't for you.
(Image courtesy of the Ohashi gym blog)
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