Athough this weeks action kicked off on Monday it's fair to say that we've had to wait until Wednesday for the first real show as Yoko Gushiken and the Shirai-Gushiken gym put on an interesting show.
The card, The Kanmuriwashi Fight vol.47, doesn't have a great under-card but the main event may well be the most highly anticipated female bout in Asia this year.
The show begins with a bout between the win-less pairing of Dai Yokota (0-2) and Tomohisa Ishikawa (0-1). Whilst we often talk about "one man's 0 must go" this is a bit of inverted version of that but still looks like it will be a competitive contest.
The second contest on this show sees Junichi Obara (3-2-1, 1) fighting up against Yuya Kinjo (3-3) in what appears to be a very even match up on paper. We're not sure on the competitive nature of the show's third contest as Taichi Kimura (1-1) fights Noboru Sasaki (2-5, 1), who unfortunately has been stopped in his last 3 contests.
In a very interesting contest Hokuto Kawana (1-0, 1) will be fighting Tetsu Narisawa (1-0) in a fight between unbeaten men.
In the fifth contest of the show the wonderfully named Littletyson Tanaka (3-1, 2) attempts to bounce back from his first defeat. Tanaka will be fighting Takashi Yamaguchi (1-2), a man who has lost his last 2 contests.
The Chief support bouts see both Taiki Eto (11-2, 8) and Shingo Eto (11-2-1, 7) in action. The brothers of current WBA interim Flightweight champion Koki Eto will be facing Thai opponents with us believing that Shingo will be sharing a ring with Thiendaeng Manoprungroj (0-2) in a total mismatch.
Whilst the rest of the card is pretty forgetable on paper the main event here is an amazing match up on paper as the hard hitting Naoko Yamaguchi (22-3-3, 18) takes on the unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (10-0, 6). Although Fuijioka is the unbeaten woman Yamaguchi is the defending WBA Super Flyweight champion and will be the favourite in what looks likely to be an explosive female contest.
The next 2 weeks are extremely busy in Japanese boxing. They kick off with a Shirai-Gushiken Sports (SGS) card held at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
The card, which we suspect will have 6 bouts, will be headlined by female action as Naoko Yamaguchi (21-3-3, 17) competes against late replacement opponent Chuthaporn Pradissan (5-14).
Originally Yamaguchi was scheduled to defend her WBA female Super Flyweight title against interim champion Daniela Romina Bermudez (14-2-2, 4) in what looked to be a genuinely amazing match up. Sadly with Bermudez pulling out we've been left with a much less significant match up.
The chief support on the card is also a female bout as former world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (6-4, 4) looks to claim the vacant OPBF Flyweight title. Ebata will face South Korean Cho-Rong Son (11-3, 3), a former female WBA Minimumweight champion, in a bout that we need to say is a tough one for Ebata.
Staying on the theme of female action the show is also expected to feature the retirement ceremony of Noriko Tsunoda. Tsunoda is a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion though having lost her title last time out to Tomoko Kawanishi she has called it a day aged 42.
As well as the female action on the card we expect to see 4 others bouts on the card including 3 "Rookie of the Year" qualifying bouts. Sadly we're not certain on the full bout list though we believe that Yuki Miyoshi (2-0, 0) and Little Tyson Tanaka (3-0, 2) will both be featured in those bouts.
We also think that there will be action involving Hokuto Kawana, though we've no other information here.
If you want to see the promotional poster for this show we have it in our new "Posters!" section.