Just a day after one of the busiest days in Asian boxing we return for another busy day. This time with 3 shows in Japan and one in the Philippines.
Of the Japanese shows two of them take place at the Aioi Hall in Kariya.
The first of the two Aioi Hall shows is a 9 fight show show that takes place at mid-day local time and is promoted by Yakushiji.
This card starts with five success 4 round bouts. Unfortunately we've struggled to work out who will be in the first contest but the second will see Masanari Iwane (1-3) taking on a debutant, who believe will be Takashi Igarashi (0-0).
The third of the 4 rounders will see another debutant in action though again we've struggled to name names. Thankfully we have got the names for men involved in the fourth bout on the show which will see Hikaru Taiga (3-1, 2) fighting against the unbeaten Genki Nakashima (2-0).
In the final 4 rounder Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1) will be fighting against Yuta Takimoto (3-3, 2).
Following the relatively disappointing 4 rounder we then move on to the first 6 rounder of the show. This will see Yuya Nakazato (5-9, 5) fighting against Kazuki Fukakura (5-6-2, 2) in what looks like an interesting lower card contest. After the first 6 rounder we move up to 8 rounds for a contest between Yuji Iwata (6-4-1, 4) and Shinichi Tsukahara (7-6-2, 3).
Rather oddly this card moves back down to a 6 round for the chief support contest which will see Akito Hoshi (7-5, 2) taking on the once beaten Yuta Horiike (8-1-3, 2). Horiike, ranked by the JBC, will be expected to win though we imagine he will be tested.
The main event on this show will see the Japanese ranked Daiki Koide (20-5-2, 9) battle Filipino visitor Rey Labao (24-5, 16). As Labao is very highly ranked by the OPBF it's fair to say that Koide will see a reward if he wins, however he is up against a very credible opponent here.
The second show at the Aioi show, which starts around 17:00 local time, is a 5 fight show.
This show starts with an all-debutant contest over 4 rounds. We're not sure who these fighters will be though we expect it to Tominaga Shinpei (0-0) against Kawai Masatetsu (0-0). Following the opener the show moves onto a contest between Masami Moriizumi (5-1-1, 4) and Kosuke Mizuno (5-4-2, 1) over 6 rounds.
Following the sole 6 rounder we move on to the 8 round distance as Ryosuke Maruki (6-1-1, 4) takes on Indonesian Jamed Jalarante (22-15-1, 11) and Taro Oikawa (2-2, 2) also battles an Indonesian in the form of Rochmad Santoso (3-2, 2). It's hard to go against the two Japanese fighters here though they may find life hard going.
The main event in the second Aioi Hall show will see a third straight Japanese-Indoneasian contest that will see the promising Kazuya Maruki (14-2-1, 9) taking on Rusmin Kie Raha (12-3-2, 2).
As well as the two Aioi Hall shows there is another show in IMP Hall in Osaka. This show, an eight fight show put on by Osakateiken.
This show begins with the debut of Taniwa Naoki (0-0) who will be fighting in a 4 rounder. Unfortunately we've failed to identify Naoki's opponent. This is one of five bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, sadly we've struggled to name those fighters in the other four contests.
After the 4 rounders the show will then have a single 6 rounder which will see a Thai visitor travel to Japan. This sole 6 rounder contest will then be followed by the main event which will see Naoki Matsumoto (9-6-2, 2) attempting to defeat Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1, 1) in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the Philippines it's The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex that hosts the only show. This show, headlined by Cris Paulino (12-1, 3) defending his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title for the second time as he takes on compatriot Renren Tesorio (12-3-3, 4).
The Paulino/Tesorio bout is one of 6 contests on the show, which kicks off with with a 4 round bout between Kenjie Watanabe (1-1, 1) and the wonderfully named Daffy Dempo (1-1, 1). On paper these two are perfectly well matched though we do favour Watanabe.
The second bout on this show will see Lionel Mark Duran (10-9-2, 4) fighting the very limited Mabert Paulino (2-15) over 6. This will be accompanied by a trio 8 rounders as Zoren Pama (4-8-3, 2) takes on Gerry Pateno (4-4-2, 2), Virden Rivera (4-0-1) fighting against Cris Leon (6-7-4, 3) and Roldan Aldea (4-1-1, 2) battling Jeson Berwela (4-15, 2). We've got to be honest it's hard to be too interested in these bouts.
Some days in boxing quiet, others are busy and on very rare occasions boxing is crazy. This Saturday is one of those crazy days with more action than you could shake a stick at, in fact there is more Asian action this Saturday than we can honestly believe.
We'll start with the biggest show of the day, “Pinoy Pride XXIII”, which as you may have guess will be in the Philippines.
Dubbed “Pinos Kontra Latinos” the show is mainly Filipinos fighting against Latinos and it's these fights that give us the shows two main events and the chief support bouts.
The main fight, for us, is the WBO Minimumweight title fight which will see Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12) defending his title against unbeaten Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (27-0-0-1, 16). Buitrago, fighting in Asia for the first time, will be the third successive Latin American to fight Sabillo who has stopped both Luis De La Rosa and Jorle Estrada this year. With both men having unbeaten records and with a world title on the line this is one of those rare fights that does get the mouth water and really could be something very special inside the ring.
Sabillo isn't the only man defending his world on this Filipino show as his compatriot Donnie Nietes (31-1-4, 17) attempts to defend his WBO Light Flyweight title. Nietes, who looked very poor against Moises Fuentes last time out, has an easier assignment than Sabillo as he fights the somewhat shop worn Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23). At his best Gutierrez would have been a handful for Nietes but right now the Mexican challenger appears to merely be collecting one more pay day.
Alongside the two world title fights are two international fights as Filipinos again face Latinos. These bouts will see Jason Pagara (31-2, 19) defending his WBO International Light Welterweight title against the big hitting Vladimir Baez (19-1-2, 17) from the Dominican Republic and recent world title challenger Milan Melindo (29-1, 12) attempting to claim the WBO International Flyweight title as he takes on Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (29-2, 18). For Melindo his bout will be his first since losing in his world title fight to Juan Francisco Estrada and he may feel the mental effects of that loss here, despite putting up a very good effort.
In the most notable non-title bout of the show AJ Banal (29-2-1, 1) will be fighting Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (16-7-2, 5) over 10 rounds. This will be supported on the under-card by Jimrex Jaca fighting (38-6-3, 21) fighting Wellem Reyk (17-7-3, 5) of Indonesia.
The opening contests on this Filipino card will see Justo Bornilla (5-1-1) fighting Diover Mangaya-ay (1-2-1), Jerwin Dela Rosa (1-3) battling Marlon Arcilla (2-1) and Rolly Sumalpong (1-0) meeting fellow unbeaten Jeffrey Alejandre (1-0).
It's not just the Filipino card with world title action but also China as their first ever world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (21-4-1, 11) makes the second defense of his WBC Minimumweight title. Unfortunately this bout, which will be televised by CCTV 5, won't be Zhong in with a real challenger as Omari Kimweri was forced out of the bout due to passport issues. Instead Zhong will be facing Thailand's Lookrak Kiatmungmee (7-4, 4) who hasn't fought a professional boxing contest since 2011. Of course with this being Zhong's first defense in China it's hard to bee too angry about him having an easy one.
On the same show as Zhong's world title defense we expect five other bouts. These are likely to include Nampetch Or Liangprasert (1-0, 1) fighting the debuting Kang En (0-0), Chinese based Russian Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (3-1, 1) battling Angelov Vasil Kostadinov (0-0), Xian Wei Qian (2-1-1) up against Neeraj Goyat (0-2-2) and Xu Chun Yan (2-3) fighting Keanpetch Superchamps (5-5-1) in an all female bout. The only contest we're unsure about is that of Qu Peng (3-0-1, 2) who is apparently fighting an Indian opponent called Surender (0-0). We assume Surender isn't the fighter full name.
Although things are busy in China and in the Philippines things are insanely busy in Russia where we're lead to believe there will be an astonishing five different shows!
The most interesting of the Russian shows is at the Olympic Sports Complex in Grozny as SKV Boxing put on an eight fight show which involves two title fights and several interesting unbeaten fighters.
As far as we are aware the main event will see Apti Ustarkhanov (3-1-1, 1) fighting Josef Obeslo (4-13-1, 2) for the GBU Light Heavyweight title. Despite us assuming that's the main event, the most interesting contest is probably the other world title bout on the show which will see the unbeaten Nikki Adler (10-0, 6) fighting for the female WBC Super Middleweight title as she faces Zane Brige (2-3-1, 1). Whilst this is a better contest it should be noted that Adler is already 2-0 against Brige.
In regards to the prospects on the show we're very interesting in Movsur Yusupov (5-0, 3), who is scheduled in a 12 rounder against Vladimir Idranyi (4-13-2, 1), and Viskhan Murzabekov (6-0, 3), who will be up against Uladzislau Mahdanau (1-4, 1) in a 10 rounder. It's hard to tell what either of these unbeaten men have in terms of potential but the fact they are already being put in 10 and 12 rounders is an interesting thing to note considering their lack of experience.
On the under-card Arbi Madaev (1-0) will be fighting the win-less Oleksandr Pritula (0-1), Zubayr Suleymanov (0-1) will be hunting his first victory as he takes on the relative fragile Bogdan Bondarenko (1-6, 1), Heavyweight puncher Apti Davtaev (3-0, 3) will look to extend his stioppage run as he goes up against Frantisek Kynkal (2-2, 2) and probably most interestingly Ilyas Kelimatov (0-0) debuts in a 6 rounder against Anton Petukhov (0-1).
Whilst the debut of Kelimatov interests us we'd actually go as far as to say the most interesting debut takes place in Moscow as 2012 Olympian Uktamjon Rahmonov (0-0) debuts against Evgeny Klimov (2-0, 1). Rahmonov looked very good in the Olympics before running in to eventual Gold medal winner Roniel Iglesias and we'd say he has real potential to become a very special fighter.
It's of course not just Rahmonov in action in Moscow the though the show is full of debuts as Iliyor Sherali (0-0) takes on Sherzod Isakjonov (0-1), Igor Morozov (0-0) starts his career, Rasul Dibirov (0-0) fights Alexander Kubich (3-0, 1) and Islam Dumanov (0-0) takes on Egor Bakulin (2-0, 1).
The most exciting looking contest in Russia takes place in Lyubertsy as heavy handed Cruiserweights collide in a bout between Dmitry Kudryashov (11-0, 11) and Zack Mwekassa (14-3, 13). Between the two men they have a combined record of 25-3 (24) and have only been the distance twice in 28 contests. Don't be shocked if this is over in vicious fashion.
On the same show in Lyubertsy Evgeny Chuprakov (6-0, 2) will be fighting Alexey Shorokhov (5-6, 3) for the Russian Super Featherweight title. We believe Chuprakov should have more than enough in him to defeat Shorokhov though we'd like to see the unbeaten man pushed hard.
The rest of this card will see Maksym Ponomarev (8-1) fighting Alexey Kovalev (2-3, 1), Gasan Gasanov (6-2, 5) taking on Josef Krivka (4-3, 4), Arkadiy Arutyunyan (3-0) battling Gor Arutyunyan (0-1) and Romal Amanov (2-0) sharing the ring with Roman Ivanov (1-1, 1).
In Ekaterinburg we get a 3 fight show headlined by Dmitry Mikhaylenko (14-0, 5) fighting against Bogdan Protsyshyn (7-7, 2) in a 10 rounder.
The support bouts here are expected to see the unbeaten Vasily Lepikhin (14-0, 7) battling Alexey Varakin (28-18-3, 16) over 8 rounds and Andrei Isaeu (23-4, 7) fighting Suhrobjon Usmonov (4-11) over 6 rounds.
The final Russian card is in Pskov and features six contests. The main event here is expected to be Artur Akavov (8-1) up against Jeferson Luiz De Souza (12-1-1, 7) in a 10 rounder. Despite this being the main event we actually like the co-feature with Yuri Ramanau (22-3, 14) against Ravil Mukhamadiyarov (10-51-2, 8). Although a mismatch it could well open up a more meaningful contest for Ramanu who we've been long term admirers of despite how disappointing his career has become.
Of the remaining contests on the show only two are fully listed with Andrey Knyazev (9-0, 4) fighting Yuri Bihoutseu (6-5-2, 5) and Sergey Gorokhov (1-1, 1) battling Mikhail Ryzhonkin (2-3-1, 1).
The remaining contests in Pskov will see Gennady Martirosyan (23-3, 11) and Sherali Mamadaliev (17-2, 10) in action, though neither man yet has a named opponent.
Amazingly it seems like there are more Russians in action than any other nationality over the weekend as two are competing in Canada as well. For Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20) the weekend will be marked by his first WBO Light Heavyweight title defense as he fights Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17) in what could be a very short lived contest if Kovalev can get his wrecking balls in to action early on.
The other Russian in Canada is the very promising Artur Beterbiev (2-0, 2) who looks to extend his winning as he takes on Billy Bailey (12-17, 4). Bailey, despite having 17 losses has only been stopped twice, though Beterbiev does look like a genuinely destructive fighter and has the look of a future world champion.
The final bout which interests us will see Filipino-Canadian Marc Pagcaliwangan (6-0, 6) looking for his seventh straight stoppage as he takes on Octavio Hernandez (13-5, 6). This is by far the toughest contest in the career of Pagcaliwangan though the expectation is that the kid will become a massive star in the future so he should be able to pass this test with out any major worries.
Some days are big global boxing days, we saw one this past weekend with Froch/Groves fight falling on the same day as Hernandez/Alekseev and “The Clash In Cotai”, others however a big local boxing days. Days where the only notable action takes place in a small area of the world and is unlikely to break away from that area.
We have one of those “local days” this Friday where Asian fans will certainly be happier than their European and American counterparts due to several interesting contests that will light up both Thailand and Japan.
The obvious starting point for a look at Friday's action is in Thailand where we get the first world title fight of the weekend. The contest, which sees Koki Eto (14-2-1, 10) returning to Thailand to make the first defense of his WBA interim Flyweight, appears to be one which should have real interest in both Thailand and Japan. Eto, who defeated Kompayak Porpramook for the title earlier this year will be facing Kompayak's stable-mate Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (32-2, 19), AKA Yodmongkol CP Freshmart.
Although we're unsure what other bouts will be shown by Thai channel 7 we've got to admit we're really looking forward to this one which should be a real barn burner as long as it lasts. For the sake of to we hope he can put on a performance similar to the one he had against Porpramook, though with Yodmongkol being on a long winning run he'll be confident of scoring the upset here.
Over in Japan we have two shows. Of those the one that interests us the most is “Dangan 88” a show that really deserves some sort of television coverage though doesn't seem to have it.
This show, headlined by Tadashi Yuba (44-8-2, 33) rematching Yoshihisa Tonimura (16-8-4, 4) in Japanese Light Middleweight title bout, is one where a Tonimura will be seeking revenge for a razor thin loss whilst Yuba will be further seeking to enhance his legacy. Although unknown outside of Japan, Yuba is a domestic legend and the first ever 5-weight Japanese national champion. We'd be shocked if this was anything but hard fought, competitive and incredibly close through out.
Whilst Yuba/Tonimura II is the main event it is far from the only interesting contest in an excellent eight fight card.
The show begins with a 4 rounder as the debuting Shuta Igarashi (0-0) fights the win-less Kenji Suzuki (0-4). Following this opening contest we have a second successive 8 rounder as Shogo Endo (0-1) battles who we believe will be Makoto Kawasaki (3-1-1, 1).
Oddly straight after the two opening 4 rounders we immediately move in to the 8 round distance for a Minimumweight contest between Kazuhiro Nakamura (8-4, 3) and the once beaten youngster Hiroya Yamamoto (7-1, 3). This will be Yamamoto's first contest since being upset by Hayato Yamaguchi back in August and there will be serious interest to see how Yamamoto bounced back from his first loss.
The second 8 rounder on the show will see Dai Iwai (12-3-1, 5) taking on the highly ranked Michiya Sato (10-4-4, 6). Ranked by both the JBC and the OPBF Sato is risking a lot here against the capable Iwai who will be looking at this as his chance to move into a title fight of some sort.
Following the first two 8 rounders we suddenly drop back to the 4 round distance as singer-come-boxer Yuki Clay (0-0), of Kimaguren fame, makes his professional boxing debut. The singer will be facing fellow debutant Kubota Akinori (0-0) in what appears to be an intriguing contest, even if it is little more than a gimmick fight, much like Andrew Flintoff's was in the UK a while back.
After the 4 round interlude we get back to serious action as Yuki Ozawa (10-2, 2) battles the more experienced Koji Aoki (14-7-2, 5) in a potentially enjoyable bout that screams “distance fight” to us, despite the fact Aoki has been stopped in 5 of his 7 losses.
The penultimate contest on Dangan 88, and the chief support contest for the title fight, sees Noriyuki Ueno (15-11-5, 5) defending his OPBF and Japanese rankings as he battles Yosuke Kawano (7-2-1, 3). Despite Ueno's record he is a genuine threat at domestic title level, in fact when you consider Ueno started his career 2-6-1 and has since fought in 3 Japanese title fights and 1 OPBF title fight there is little doubt that there is talent there.
The second Japanese show, courtesy of Shinsei, is scheduled to just have six contests though like the Dangan show it's a very promising looking card overall.
Despite being promising over-all the show starts with a weak 4 rounder as the win-less pairing of Daiki Haraguchi (0-6) and Daisuke Takeichi (0-1) face off. Thankfully this is the shows one bad fight fight.
The second contest on the show sees Shinsei making a very brave move as they put their unbeaten youngster Shun Kubo (2-0, 2) up against Filipino Monico Laurente (23-9, 5). Although Laurente has picked up a couple of losses in recent bouts and is much smaller than Kubo, he could prove to be very tricky still and make Kubo look bad. Kubo's natural size advantage should see him through to the victory but the experience difference between the two men could make it very interesting.
If we think Kubo is in hard then Thai visitor Mongkoldam Sithwarunee (1-2, 1) has it even tougher as he takes on the hard hitting Kota Fukuoka (14-3-2, 11). Fukuoka is certainly beatable but he has won his last 7 with 5 of those coming by stoppage, it'd be a surprise if he didn't add another to both of those figures here.
In the fourth contest of the card we get another of those interesting looking bouts with an unbeaten prospect as Shohei Omori (9-0, 5) faces Filipino veteran Albert Alcoy (14-16-7, 4). Although this looks a great test on paper it does seem like Omori is becoming a man and punching harder and this bout seems like a step backwards for him considering how he stopped Kiron Omura in 92 seconds back in July. We'd be pretty shocked if Omori doesn't record another stoppage here.
The penultimate bout on this show will see Ryotaro Kawabata (8-2, 3) in action. Although we're not certain on who he'll be up against we have heard that it's a Korean, likely to be Bum-Young Lee (8-6-2, 3), a former Korean Super Flyweight champion. Lee is a man that some Japanese fans will be familiar with due to his losses to Hirofumi Mukai and Takuya Kogawa and if it him fighting Kawabata it's fair to say that we expect the Korean to suffer his third loss to a Japanese fighter.
Like with Danagn 88 the main event here is another Japanese title fight. This time it's down at Bantamweight where Kohei Oba (34-2-1, 13) will be seeking the second defense of his title as he battles Yuji Hasegawa (8-2, 2). We'd expect that if Oba wins he'll be looking to get himself into a world title fight rather than keeping a hold of the national title any longer.
Unfortunately due to the strength of Japanese boxing at Bantamweight Oba is between a rock and a hard place. He could keep defending the belt, he could challenger the winner of Shiino/Iwasa to an OPBF title bout or he could try to fight one of the three Japanese world champions at the weight. Unfortunately we'd not back him against any of the world champions or the Shiino/Iwasa winner, though he's better than pretty anyone else domestically. In fact domestically Oba against Ryo Akaho is probably the most interesting contest out there for him.
Out side of the Asian countries the action continues with a few interesting contests.
In Queensland, Australia fans will get to see Thailand's Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-11-3, 22) take on Josh King (15-3, 8) in a battle for the WBO Oriental Lightweight title. On the same show as that Filipino Michael Dan (3-6-1, 1) will be facing Ryan Heck (3-1-1) in a much lower level contest.
Staying in Australia, though down south in Victoria, Filipino Marlon Alta (12-3, 9) will be facing the unbeaten Zac Dunn (10-0, 9) in a battle over the WBC Youth World Super Middleweight title. Alta, who has been out of the ring since he was stopped by Makoto Fuchigami 13 months ago, will know that a win here could explode him back on to the scene, but he'll also know he's being brought in to lose to the Aussie banger.
A third bout in Australia sees Aswin Cabuy (14-44-3, 7) trying to end a 6 fight losing streak as he takes on Leroy Brown (15-5-1, 5) in New South Wales.
Amazingly there is one other Asian involved in a title fight, though rather peculiarly it's in Ecuador as Chinese born Kazakhstani fighter Kanat Islam (14-0, 12) battles Colombia's Emilio Julio Julio (28-11-2, 20) for what we assume will be the WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title. Islam is one of those fighters who seems very interesting, though is unfortunately very well hidden from the wider boxing public. Thankfully if he wins here he's expected to be on an American card in December.
After a day break from notable action top quality fights return to Japan thanks to Ohashi Gym who have their "47th Phoenix Battle" show.
The show, a five fight card from the Korakuen Hall, doesn't sound great when you hear it's only got five contests on it and four of those are female contests though in reality the show is one of those rare, but excellent female dominated shows that Japa seem to have every so often.
We believe the opening contest of the show will see Emika Himuro (3-1, 1) fighting against the returning Kai Johnson (3-5-2). Johnson, who has been out of action for more than a year, is winless in four contests though she is easily the toughest test of Himuro's career.
In the second bout of the show we think that former world champion Tenkai Tsunami (18-8, 7) will be fighting Filipino teenager Leslie Domingo (4-1-1, 3). Although Tsunami is by far the more experienced fighter in terms of both fights and quality of opponents it does need to be said that she has lost her last five bouts and struggled to win more than a few rounds between them. Domingo will be the under-dog but Tsunami's confidence could well bea mess.
The shows third bout, and in fact the only male contest, will see Junpei Hara (12-5-2, 8) fighting. We believe Hara will be facing Nozomu Kikuchi (6-4) who should be little more than a stay busy level opponent for someone like Hara who is highly ranked by the OPBF.
Following the three undercard bouts we then come on to the co-feature, the first of two world title fights. This contest will see former world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (7-4, 4) attempting to claim the IBF Minimumweight title as she takes on Mexican visitor Nancy Franco (11-5-2, 4). For Ebata this will be her third world title contest having come up short in previous bouts with Samson Tor Buamas and Tenkai Tsunami whilst Franco will be fighting in her first world title bout despite having faced several world level opponents in her career so far.
The second world title fight, and the shows main event, will see WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (15-5-1, 1) defending her title for the third time. Miyao will be fighting Filipino visitor Gretchen Abaniel (13-4, 4). Although a former WIBA champion Abaniel has gone 0-3 in "proper" world title fights and will be hoping that she can finally claim a victory in a big one, though she'll go in as the under-dog against the talented Miyao who we hope will be fighting Momo Koseki next if she retains here.
Boxing returns to Japan on Tuesday for normal, no-title action, as Misako Gym puts on a 9 fight show, “Misako Clan Meeting”, at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, which begins with novice Kazutaka Matsunishi (1-0) fighting against Akira Kokubo (1-3) in a Light Flyweight contest, will see four bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. The second bout on the show will see win-less men colliding as Keigo Oshima (0-3) battles Mitsunari Takaboshi (0-3) who returns to the ring after more than 3 years out of the ring.
In the third contest on the show Takahiro Onjuku (1-2, 1) will be fighting an opponent with an identical record in the form of Taiyo Gunjima (1-2, 1). We believe that the final 4 rounder will see Yoshihiko Suzuki (0-2), ending a 6 year break from the ring. Unfortunately we're unsure who Suzuki will be fighting.
Following the 4rounder action turns up a notch as we move on to two scheduled 6 round contests. The first of these will see Takahiro Iida (4-2-1, 2) fighting against Seiji Watanabe (4-3-1, 2) in what looks to be an evenly matched contest. The second 6 rounder bout will see Shun Shimazaki (5-4, 1) looking for his fourth victory of the year as he takes on Kenta Toi (2-3).
Following the 6 rounders we then get to a trio of 8 rounders that make up the most interesting contests of the show.
The first of the 8 rounders will see Osamu Hashimoto (8-5, 1) taking on the limited but hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-5-2, 5). Ueno, who may lack a winning record, has lost his last 3 though has been competitive in most of his losses and in fact his record could well have read much better had he been with a notable promoter. Hashimoto will be favoured but this is a lot more interesting than it looks on paper.
In the second 8 rounder Satoshi Momota (9-8, 4) will be fighting the highly ranked Shamgar Koichi (16-5-1, 9). Koichi, ranked by the OPBF and the JBC, will be putting his rankings on the line here though in all honesty he should have far more than enough to defeat the limited but tough Momota who hasn't yet been stopped in his 17 fight career.
The main event, also over 8 rounds, will see former Japanese Super Flyweight challenger Yuki Fukumoto (15-7, 5) taking on Yusuke Sakashita (9-4-2, 5) in what looks on paper to be an easy test. Although Fukumoto has has lost a number of recent fights he really should have more than enough for Sakashita.