We kick off a new week of boxing with a show in Japan as Tokashiki Boxing Gym take over the Korakuen Hall for a 9 fight show dubbed “Super Fighting Spirit Vol.9”. The show, which primarily consists of 4 round contests features several notable names an two interesting looking contests.
The event begins with the unbeaten Takuya Yamaguchi (0-0-1) fighting the debuting Hiroshi Kato (0-0). Kato is one of 4 debutants on the card, though the other 3 are on much, much later on the card.
In the second contest of the show Byodoin Tokuoka (1-0, 1), who has been inactive since February 2012, returns to the ring to take on Takahiro Tonouchi (0-1) in a 4 round bout at Flyweight. This is followed by a catch weight bout, again featuring novices, as Tomohiro Yoshiwara (1-0) fights Muneyuki Kishii (2-1, 1) who brings a two-fight winning streak to the ring.
In the final of four straight 4-rounders Shinichi Hiraga (0-1) fights Masahiro Kobayashi (2-1, 1) in what is the last of 4 very uninteresting looking contests.
Following the four bouts scheduled for 4 rounder we get a two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. Sadly we've struggled to get the names of either of the men in the first 6 rounder but the second will see the very highly regarded Hikaru Marugame (1-0, 1) fighting Filipino Roman Canto (8-2-2, 3). Marugame, a former amateur stand-out, will be expected to defeat Canto though may be forced to to work much harder than he did in his debut back in July.
Marugame's fight Canto will be followed by a second contest between a highly regarded former Japanese amateur and a Filipino as Naoto Uebayashi (3-0-1, 2) fights Marjohn Yap (19-9, 10) in the card's sole 8 rounder. This is Uebayashi's first fight since scoring a draw with Yusaku Kuga and could prove to be too much too soon for a man many are tipping to be a future world champion.
Oddly the card closes out with two bouts featuring debutants. The first of these will see Satoshi Ito (0-0) taking on Arao Mitsuru (0-0) in an all-debutant clash before Masanori Shimomura (0-0) debuts against Katsunori Yano (0-2) in what appears to be a highly anticipated debut.
After one of the busiest weeks in Asia boxing one would have assumed that things were going to slow down, amazingly however things seem to still be looking busy with yet another card as the holy ground of Japanese combat sports, the Korakuen Hall.
The new week kicks off with a 9 bout show headlined by a bout between the #10 ranked Japanese Lightweight Tsukasa Saito (16-2, 11) and veteran Yoshinori Kanzaki (10-6-1, 5) who has been a professionla since 2006. The bout will be Kanzaki's first this year and whilst he is expected to be fodder it's worth noting that Saito enters the bout on the back of his first stopage loss.
The co-feature on the show sees Kazuya Soma (5-3-2, 4) taking on Takahisa Nayuki (9-9, 1). Soma enters this bout on a run of 5 bouts without a loss whilst Nayuki has lost 4 of his last 5, albeit at a higher level than Soma has been fighting at.
Also on the card is the debut of Hikaru Marugame (0-0) who will be in a 6 round contest as he takes on Kato Makoto (7-6, 2). Whilst the debut isn't as impressive as Ryota Murata's upcoming on it's still a solid debut for a former world level amateur fighter.
Sadly we're unsure who is on the cards other 6 round contest.
The show features 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds though against details on the actual fighters is unfortunately somewhat sketchy.