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.
For the 2nd successive day this week Japan hosts some notable bouts, this time at the Korakuen Hall courtesy of Ohashi Promotions.
The main event sees WBA female Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (14-5-1, 1) attempt to defend her belt for the second time. Miyao will be facing former rival Mari Ando (10-4, 5). This rematch between the two women sees Miyao facing the fighter she took the title from back in September 2012.
As well as the very exciting female world title bout we appeard to have an excellent undercard.
The most notable bout from the undercard sees young puncher Ryo Matsumoto (7-0, 7) taking a step up as he goes up against Takuya Miyamori (14-5-1, 2). Although Miyamori has been beaten several times he is durable and has only been stopped once, in his debut back in 2004 by the hard hitting Takeshi Hagiwara.
The experienced Toru Suzuki (23-3, 7) looks to rebuild his career after 2 losses in his last 3 fights. Suzuki will be facing Daisuke Furuhashi (13-5, 4) who has only won 3 of his last 7 bouts.
Hard hitting Lightweight Junpei Hara (11-5-2, 7) will be hoping to get his career back on the right tracks after going 2-3-1 in his last 6. Hara will be fighting the 22 year old Filipino "Bad Boy" Desson Cag-ong (13-8, 7) who is 0-2 in Japan (having been stopped by Takashi Miura in his most notable bout to date). This could be a pretty competitive match up in all honesty.
Also on the card is an 8 round female bout between recent world title challengers Yuko Kuroki (9-3, 5) and Saemi Hanagata (7-4-1, 3). Hanagata comes in to the bout winless in 3 bouts though they included a draw with Masae Akitaya and a loss to Momo Kosecki whilst Kuroki comes in following a lob sided decision loss to Etsuko Tada. This could well be the show stealer and act as a bit of a title eliminator.