The early highlight of the week is with out a doubt in Japan on Wednesday as the Kameda Bros. put on an excellent show featuring 3 world title bouts in Osaka.
The show's trio of headline bouts begins with Katsunari Takayama (25-6-0-1, 10) defending his IBF Minimumweight title for the first time. The champion, fighting in Japan for the first time in over 4 years, will be taking on Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano (17-2-1, 10) who will be putting up a 17 fight unbeaten streak. We've got to admit that this has "war" written all over it.
Interestingly a story coming from several sources is that if Takayama retains he will be travelling to China in April to unify with WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, who retained his title on Saturday. A Takayama/Zhong fight would be a certified war and something we'd certainly love to see. We're not sure if Silvano, if he wins, will also be considering this possibility but we're fans of unification so we'd hope so.
The second of the main fights here will see Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18), the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title, defending his WBO Bantamweight title for the first time. Tomoki will be facing fellow unbeaten fighter Immanuel Naidjala (17-0-1, 11) of Namibia. Although Naidjala is unbeaten he was tested in a big way by Botswana's Lesley Sekotswe and we can't help but think that Tomoki will make this look very easy.
There are calls for Tomoki, if he wins, to face fellow Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Although it's unlikely that Tomoki will want that fight it's certainly a fight that fans are calling for and one that needs making if Tomoki is to be accepted as a genuine world champion by many.
The final of the three major bouts sees Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) attempting to unify his IBF Super Flyweight title with the WBA title as he fights Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7) in what looks like a fantastic match up. Unfortunately however Solis was unable to make weight has been stripped has been stripped of the WBA belt, thankfully however Daiki can still unify the titles.
Interestingly this past weekend saw Zolani Tete stopping Juan Carlos Sanchez in 10 rounds. This has seen Tete instilled as the mandatory for the IBF title held by Daiki.
This same card will feature 4 other contests. The first of these will see Hiroshi Takagi (1-2) fighting against Hiroya Kojima (2-0, 2) in a Super Flyweight bout. This will be joined by a female bout which involves Honey Mae Bermoy (5-2, 5) fighting a Thai opponent.
This show also features two other bouts which are listed as preliminary contests, unfortunately we're not sure who will be in them.
As well as the Kameda show there is a second Japanese show. On this show,which is promoted by Hanagata Gym, the main event will see Saemi Hanagata (8-4-1, 3) fighting Yuko Kuroki (9-4, 5) for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
As well as the main event this show will feature 7 other contests. Of those 7 bouts 5 are scheduled for 4 rounds.
The other two bouts are both scheduled for 6 rounds. These will see Ryo Shirakawa (5-5-2, 2) fighting against Kazuki Matsuyama (6-5, 3), who has lost his last 3 bouts, and Tetsuya Koyama (5-4, 2) fighting against Takahiro Shibata (4-2-1, 1), who will be hoping to not suffer a third successive opening round KO loss.