Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those tuning in on G+, will get the chance to see a live Gushiken card.
Among the bouts being televised from that card will be a bout between former WBA "interim" Flyweight champion Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] and little known Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5). The bout, which will be Eto's second since losing to the then WBC Super Flyweight Carlos Cuadras last year, was signed at a contracted 52.1KG just under the Super Flyweight limit.
On the scales Eto made the weight with a little wriggle room, coming in at a little under 114¾lbs, and looked like he had extra weight to lose if he really had to. Blazo on the other hand cruised under the limit, coming in at around 113¼lbs, closer to the Lightweight limit than the contracted limit for the bout, and in credit to him he's come in looking like a man who has workd incredible hard to make the weigh that he's made.
Eto sounded confident at the wiegh in, and is looking to secure a future world title fight, but it does seem like he doesn't know much about Blazo. As for the Filipino he seemed uncomfortable about the cold weather that Japan is experiencing but was looking to move towards a world ranking with a win.
Also on the card will be the touted Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也], who faces late replacement Tienchai Yoongkaogym (2-6, 1). This bout was made at just under 132lbs with both men making weight for the bout.
Originally Masaki was supposed to face Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] however Eto was forced to pull out with an injury in the build up to the bout and was replaced by the relatively unknown Thai. Although the opponent looks like a clear step down for Masaki the Japanese prospect isn't hiding his desite to move into the Japanese next year and it seems likely that he'll be looking to move towards a title fight in the next year or two.
For Tienchai the bout is his 8th in Japan, where his is 6-1 so far, incliding losses to the likes of Go Onaga and Tatsuya Ikemizu, however he did score a surprise win last year over Yuya Miyagi. It's unlikely he'll last long with Masaki but the prospect does want to get back in the ring and remain active, so we can't complain about him having this fight.
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp and boxmob.jp)
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