Over the past few years the Flyweight division has been a consistent division, regularly giving us exciting, entertaining and brilliant fights. Whether they were at the top tier or much lower down the division has given us more action, pound for pound, than almost any other weight class in the sport. We expect that run to continue through 2016 with some great bouts already in the making, including a Japanese title fight between current champion Takuya Kogawa (25-4, 13) [粉川 拓也] and former domestic Light Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (24-6-3, 14) [黒田 雅之].
The bout, which was announced for the 2016 Champion Carnival, will be held on March 18th at the Korakuen Hall and promises to be something a little bit special between two former world title challenger.
Of the two men involved in the bout Kogawa is the more notable. He is currently enjoying his second reign as the Japanese Flyweight champion and has also been an OPBF Super Flyweight champion as well as a former world title challenger and interim title challenger. He is possibly best known for being one of the many challengers to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, during Wonjongkam's near monopoly of the WBC Flyweight title, though is known by hardcore fans as a must watch all action warrior. His style has made him a staple at the Korakuen Hall and he is truly a warrior in the ring.
Aged 30 it seems like Kogawa has been around for years, and in face he has, debuting way back in 2005. Since then he has faced a mini who's who of the Asian fight scene including Xiong Zhao Zhong, Wonjongkam, Shigetaka Ikehara, Suguru Muranaka, Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep and Hiroyuki Hisataka. For fans who have seen him in action there is little that needs saying about Kogawa, but for those who haven't seen him, we'd describe him as a teak tough buzzsaw who is rarely in a poor fight.
Kuroda, like Kogawa, is best known for fighting a world title fight of his own, when he came up short against Juan Carlos Reveco back in February 2013. Also like Kogawa it's fair to say that Kuroda seems to have been around for years, and despite being 29 he has also been a professional since 2005. During his career he has held the Japanese Light Flyweight title, and in fact managed 4 defenses of the belt, before moving to Flyweight where he lost to Reveco and was stopped by Muranaka, in what was a Champion Carnival bout from back in 2014.
For Kuroda the past few years haven't been great, in fact he has gone 3-3-3 (1) in his last 9 bouts, however a win over Kogawa would kick-start his career again and would secure him a genuinely significant win at Flyweight, something he lacks at the moment.
Given the styles of the two men this really could be something really special and if you're in Tokyo in mid March we would suggest getting to the “Hall” to watch this one, no matter what the under-card ends up being.
For fans who haven't had the chance to see much of these two in action we have included videos of both men below.
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