Often with boxing we get under-card bouts that are more interesting, at least to us, than the main event. That'll be the case on November 5th when the OPBF Flyweight title bout between defending champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾] and Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2) will likely be over-shadowed by a bout on the under-card.
That bout will see former Japanese and OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] battling the unbeaten Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也] in a really intriguing contest.
On paper it's easy to over-look the unbeaten 22 year old Masaki. The Teiken man hasn't looked sensational so far and although he is highly regarded by those at the Teiken gym he certainly didn't blow us away against Vergil Puton back in March. Interestingly he will be also be coming into this after the hard battle with Yuya Shimakura, who was left in hospital following the contest.
Despite not looking great there is real excitement about Masaki who had been fighting in 8 rounders recently and he does look like a man who has a lot more to offer than we've been able to see. We're not suggesting he's a world champion in the making but he looks like a man with extra gears in his locker that has refused to test so far.
Eto on the other hand is a recognised contender on the Japanese on Oriental domestic scene and he gave former Japanese champion Rikki Naito hell when the two fought in 2014. He does however come in to this bout on the back of successive losses, losing to Masayuki Ito last December and Masaru Sueyoshi this past June, and can ill afford another set back, in fact a loss for Eto would see him falling to 3-4 in the last 7 bouts.
Although out of form Eto is certainly not a bad fighter and the hunger of looking to turn his career around will likely get the best out of him, and at his best he is a pretty solid fighter with a huge edge in experience here and their is a lot of excitement at the SGS gym, under whom he fights.
It's also worth noting that Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] will be on the same card, facing Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5), with Koki looking less than great last time out against another over-looked Filipino, Michael Escobia.
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