To kick off a new week Ohashi Gym give us a very promising looking card with severa notable names including 2 exciting prospects and a former world title challenger. The "46th Phoenix Battle", will be held at the Korakuen Hall and promises a lot.
The show opens up with the debuting Jackie Okuda (0-0) battling the winless Katsuaki Kinoshita (0-3). The opening contest is one of two bouts with a debutant in action with the show's second bout featuring two men beginning their professional career with Takehiro Yamamoto (0-0) fighting Ryo Hino (0-0).
It's with bout 3 that we have our first notable contest as Seiichi Okada (16-4, 9), the #11 ranked Japanese Super Featherweight, faces Indonesian Juniston Simbolon (7-10-1, 3), who is ranked #7 at Lightweight in Indonesia. We favour Okada going in to this contest though he has been stopped in his last 3 contests and looks like a fighter who's punch resistance is going fast.
The second major bout on the show sees Go Onaga (20-2-2, 14), ranked
#13 by the IBF at Super Flyweight, taking on the tough Takuya Miyamori (15-5-1, 2). Although Miyamori does enter this bout on 2 successive losses he did go the distance in both of them losing decisions to Konosuke Tomiyama and Ryo Matsumoto.
Talking about Ryo Matsumoto (8-0, 7), the #9 ranked Super Featherweight in Japan, he is in action himself as he goes up against Indonesian novice Arega Yunian (2-2). To us this bout looks a bit "pointless" but it should keep Matsumoto busy and hopefully helps him get some rounds under his belt. We're hoping that Yunian lasts longer than the last Indonesian that Matsumoto fought, John Bajawa, who lasted just 123 seconds.
In the show's chief support bout two-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (23-2-1, 17) will return to the ring for the first time since his technical draw with Chris John. Hosono, like Matsumoto, appears to be in little more than a stay busy fight as he takes on Yuta Matsuda (9-8-2, 4). Matsuda may technically be bigger than Hosono but it'll be unlikely that "Bazooka" doesn't take out his over-matched opponent within the first few rounds.
The main event sees the unbeaten Ryuji Hara (15-0, 10) defending his Japanese Minimumweight title for the third time. Hara will be facing the #7 ranked Japanese title challenger Takashi Kunishige (25-9-2, 2). Although aged 37 Kunishige is a very serious test for Hara and unexpectedly pushed Denver Cuello close back in April. Hara hasn't looked in his last 2 contests and will likely be in for another tough one here.
A busy Sunday is the norm in Japan for boxing and with 3 cards today this week is no exception.
The most notable of the 3 Japanese cards takes place at the FujisanMesse in Fuji.
The main event of the Fuji card sees the unbeaten Ryuji Hara (14-0, 10) making the second defense of his Japanese Minimumweight title as he takes on Shuhei Ito (12-2-1, 3). This match not only has the title on the line but also revenge for Ito who suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Hara back in 2010. It's likely the winner of this bout will move into an OPBF title bout with in 2 or 3 fights and then look towards a world title bout in the coming years.
As well as “Hara v Ito II” the card also features Go Odaira (7-3-3, 1) against Kazuma Kitahara (8-2-1, 4) in a very well matched up bout. Whilst Odaira has suffered 3 losses one of those came to Hara so there is no shame there. In a lesser bout Yuki Tsuge (12-2, 6) takes on Yuji Hasegawa (6-2, 1) and Kazuya Nakano (4-2, 4) takes on a yet to be named opponent.
In the Convention Center, Ginowan a 3 bout card is scheduled (though we'd imagine more bouts will be added by fight night). The most notable of those bouts sees Koseki Nakama (15-4, 6) who's is 1-3 in his last 4 fights, taking on Filipino Jose Ocampo (17-5-1, 12) an opponent best known for his links to Ricky Burns.
As fans will know Ocampo was strongly linked to a fight for the WBO Super Featherweight world title around the turn of the year though the bout was eventually called off after Ocampo's trainer unfortunately passed away.
As well as the Nakama against Ocampo fight there is also a very interesting bout between Go Onaga (19-2-2, 14) and Ryan Rey Ponteras (12-9-1, 6). Although on paper this appears like a mismatch Ponteras does take a 4 fight winning streak in to the ring whilst Onaga is 2-1-1 in his last 4.
The final bout that we have details about on the card is a total mismatch as Masatoshi Kotani (11-2, 9) faces Payanoi Jittygym (0-1). Whilst Kotani was stopped 2 fights ago by Cirilo Espino he should still cruise to a victory here.
The final card is also the most scarce in terms of information with only 1 bout currently listed. The one bout we have details for at the City Sogo Gym is Masaki Saito (8-9-3, 1) against Kazunari Fujisawa (9-9-4, 2). We've got to admit that this is a bout that doesn't set the pulses racing and we'd assume that the undercard will mostly be novice professionals.