The japanese action returns to the Korakuen Hall for the second time in three days as Watanabe put on an 8 fight show including 3 notable bouts that share a triple header billing.
The opening bout on this show sees Shoma Sekine (0-1-2) taking on Shingo Okada (1-0) as he looks to score his first professional victory. Following the opener we expect to see Yuito Yamaguchi (3-2, 1) fighting Yuki Matsudo (2-1, 1).
In the show's third contest Tetsuya Seshimo (1-2, 1) fights against the unbeaten Kei Iwahara (1-0, 1) before Tsubasa Matsudo (4-7-4, 1) battles Hiroki Okubo (4-4, 4), a man who has either stopped his opponent or been stopped in every bout so far in his career.
In the final of the undercard bouts Ken Achiwa (8-10-2, 2) battles Kenta Nakagawa (5-2, 3) who is on a great run of 3 straight stoppage victories heading in to this bout. Although Nakagawa will feel confident in his power it's worth noting that Achiwa has never been stopped and has proven to be very tough having recently taken Yohei Tobe the distance just a few weeks ago.
The first of the three main events sees Takuya Watanabe (18-4-1, 6), the #5 ranked Japanese Featherweight, fights the 36 year old Hiroshi Kashihara (7-13-2, 3) who enters with 1 win in his last 7 contests. It'll be a shock if Watanabe doesn't score a victory though we dare say we favour him to record a rare stoppage here with Kashihara being less than solid.
In the second of the three bigger fights we see former Japanese Welterweight champion Takejiro Kato (27-12-4, 13) fighting for the first time time year. Kato makes his return to the ring as he takes on Toru Chiba (14-8-1, 11) who looks to end a 6 fight losing streak.
The final bout of the show sees Shin Ono (15-5-2, 2), a fighter ranked by all 4 of the major title awarding bodies, taking on Kazuaki Moriya (11-4, 1). With Ono putting his world rankings at risk here he'll know he has a lot to lose and little to win however Moriya has never beaten anyone close to Ono's level and in all honesty this should be litle more than a clear decision for the highly regarded Ono.