A day after Japanese fans get to see a national Super Flyweight title fight they get treat to a rare occurrence, a Japanese Heavyweight title fight.
This show, put on by Kadoebi and dubbed “Japan's Strongest I”, is one of those rare cards that is genuinely interesting on paper with several bouts worth taking note of and not just the main event. In fact the show features not just a title fight but also has on several very promising Japanese prospects.
The much anticipated main event sees Kyotaro Fujimoto (7-1, 5) defending his Japanese Heavyweight title for the first time as he battles #1 challenger Kotatsu Takehara (9-8-3, 4). Although on paper this looks like a mis-match it's fair to say that Takehara is a deserving challenger having defeated Rio Hidaka for this opportunity to fight for the title. Takehara, despite not having a winning record, has won his last two bouts and it's been more than a decade since he was last beaten by a Japanese opponent.
As mentioned in the introduction, the card features several notable prospects. The most interesting of those prospects is the destructive Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (6-0, 6) who fights in the chief support bout against Filipino Jaypee Ignacio (9-16-2, 2). Although Boxrec.com list Okada as fighting Dan Nazareno Jr it's fair to say that Nazareno won't be on this show due to the fact he's in Macau on Saturday as part of “The Clash in Cotai” card.
Prior to Okada's bout will be a contest involving the promising Kenji Kubo (2-2, 1). Despite his less than stellar record Kubo is seen as a fighter with the potential to move up the rankings quickly. Having been matched far too hard so far Kubo is given an easy assignment as he faces Taro Mochizuki (4-6, 4) in what should be an easy victory for Kubo. Sadly however a loss for Kubo here would almost certainly spell the end to the idea that he is ever going to be a title holder.
In the fourth of the seven contests Yuya Sugizaki (17-9-1, 6), a ranked contender for the Japanese Super Featherweight title, will be in action against Keisuke Arima (8-8-1, 1). This should be a mismatch but Sugizaki has lost a number of recent bouts by stoppage and may well be a fighter on the slide.
The shows third contest is at Lightweight as the unbeaten Gosuke Seki (13-0-2, 2) battles Hiroyuki Sagehashi (7-5-2, 1). On paper this looks like a mismatch but Sagehashi has won his last four contest and is unbeaten since 2009 meaning that he may well have become a better fighter than the one who lost 5 of 7 contests earlier in his career. The Seki/Sagehashi bout will follow on from a Middleweight contest between Ryota Itoyama (10-4, 5) and the hard hitting Yasuyuki Akiyama (7-4-1, 1).
Prior to those six contests is the shows opener which sees Masahito Oki (1-0, 1) in action. Although we're not certain we believe that Oki will be fighting Jun Ogawa (1-0) in the shows only 4 rounder.
The busy start to September in the east hits an early high on Tuesday with world title action in both Japan and in Thailand.
The show in Japan, televised, at least partly by TBS, features and intriguing battle for the vacant IBF Super Flyweight title as former WBA Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (28-3, 18) battles Rodrigo Guerrrero (19-4-1, 12) for the title Guerrero formerly held. A victory for Kameda would see him becoming the 3rd fighter in Japanese boxing history to claim an IBF title and also see him joining brothers Koki and Tomoki as active current champions. Saying that though Guerrero will have more than just a few words to say for himself and this is far from a foregone conclusion.
The rest of the card sees 3 or 4 bouts starting with an all debutant match up between Takahiro Mori (0-0) and Masashi Katayama (0-0), this will be followed up by Riichi Kawase (3-4-2, 1) taking on Ryo Kosaka (6-2-1, 3).
The only really interesting undercard bout sees Akinori Watanabe (28-4, 25) fight Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) in what should be one-sided but help prepare Watanbe for a more notable bout in the near future,
In the other bout, which we think is a "floater" Hironori Miyake (1-0, 1) will be fighting Taichi Sugimori (0-1). Where not sure on where on the card this bout will be though we do expect it will happen at some point.
Prior to the Japanese fight we are expecting a WBA "interim" Super Fyweight title bout in Thailand as former world champions collide again. This time it will be the experienced Denkaosan Kaovichit (61-3-1, 26) taking on Japanese hard man Nobuo Nashiro (19-5-1, 13). Although Japanese fighters have often struggled in Thailand we do favour Nashiro here with Kaovichit certainly having seen better days in his career.
Unfortunately we're unsure what other bouts will be on this card.
After a busy week in Asian boxing it'd have been fair to have assumed that things would have quietened down for Sunday. Sometimes however what we expect to happen simply doesn't and instead of a quiet Sunday we get an incredibly busy day around the Orient.
The most notable single fight takes place at the Sambo Hall in Kobe as Teiru Kinoshita (17-0-1, 3) defends his Japanese Super Flyweight title for the 4th time. Kinoshita will be facing former world title challenger Junichi Ebusuoka (23-15-5, 10). It's hard not to imagine Kinoshita having too much for his experienced rival.
The card at the Sambo Hall features 7 other bouts with one of those thoufht to be Kazuhiro Nishitani (10-2, 4) against Takashi Oda (8-11-2, 5). Unfortunately we're not 100% on the rest of the card though we are expecting 3 debutants including Yuki Ide and Takeshi Ueno.
Staying in Japan there is actually a second card in the country with this one taking place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi.
One of the key bouts in in Aichi sees the #11 ranked Japanese Welterweight Kazuya Maruki (13-2, 9) taking on Filipino Rufino Mante (8-15-2, 4). This appears to be little more than a stay busy contest for Maruki who will be hoping to score his 3rd successive victory.
The last fight on the card sees the #8 ranked Japanese Lightweight Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) facing Shinichi Tsukahara (7-5-2, 3). It's hard to imagine Koide losing this contest.
Also on the card in Aichi are 3 more interesting 6 round contests, though limited match ups as Takahiro Hori (4-6-1, 3) faces Yuji Iwata (5-4-1, 1) in a Light Welterweight contest; Ryosuke Maruki (5-1-1, 4) fights Jaypee Ignacio (9-15-2, 2) and Kazuki Fukakura (5-5-2, 2) battles Akito Hoshi (6-5, 2).
We also understand that the card is to feature 3 other contests with at last 2 men making their debuts.
Outside of Japan we expect to also have shows in South Korea and the Philippines, of those it's the Filipino card that has the most interest with 7 bouts on it.
The Filipino card features 5 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds. Amongst those are a bout between Roberto Gonzalez (21-2, 12) and Roselito Campana (18-16-3, 5). Although on paper this looks to be a mismatch it needs to be noted that Gonzalez has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests and has won just once in the last year.
At Bantamweight we get another interesting bout as the promising Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) takes on Boy Dondee Pumar (9-4-3, 3). Again the records are widely different but Pumar has mixed with much higher quality including upcoming world title challenger Tomoki Kameda.
Down at Minimumweight Oliver Gregorio (8-1-1, 5) shares the ring with the experienced Ruther del Castillo (9-19-8, 2) in a bout that should go the distance due to Castillo's toughness.
In a compelling Super Flyweight contest Michael Dasmarinas (12-1, 8) faces the experienced Pit Anacaya (8-20-2, 1). With Anacaya being a tough guy to stop we'd not be shocked with Dasmarinas being taken the distance here.
The most interesting of the 10 round bouts, at least in our eyes, is the meeting between the unbeaten JR Magboo (11-0-2, 5) and the once beaten Bryan Macamay (7-1-2, 5). This looks like a genuinely good match up and one that could go either way.
In the cards sole 8 round bout Rennel Flechero (9-4-1, 5) will fight Jerald Cortes (3-7-4, 2) whilst the only 4 round bout features the unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-0) taking on the debuting Rolly Sumalpong (0-0).
In South Korea at the Puno Boxing Gymnasium in Gimpo there is another 7 bout show.
The card in South Korea doesn't have any genuine stand out bouts but does look to be a sign that boxing is alive in South Korea even if the country really doesn't seem to have many stars any more.
The most notable name on the show is Ji-Hoon Kim (3-3, 1) unfortunately it's not the Ji-Hoon Kim that we all know and love. This Ji-Hoon Kim isn't the fighter who has made a name around the world, instead this one is a novice who will be looking to score his 4th victory as he takes on the unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a scheduled 6 round contest.
The card also features 2 other 6 round contests as Sang-Joon Park (3-3-1) takes on Yong-Soo Kim (2-2-1, 1) and the unbeaten In-Ho Cha (3-0, 3) takes on Dong-Uk Kim (2-3, 2). This will be Cha's 4th bout of the year as he looks to climb up the Cruiserweight rankings.
As well as the bouts scheduled for 6 rounds the card also has a selection of 4 round contests. These include an all debutant batte between Joon Lee (0-0) Dong-Hyuk Park (0-0) and a battle between winless pair Su-Jin Park (0-1) and Sung-Hwan Kim (0-0-1).
To round off the show Ji-Hwan Bang (1-0) willt take on Jung-Ho Kim (0-1) and debutant Dawit (0-0) will battle Da-Won Suh (0-3).