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.
The start of a new weekend and we get action across Asia with cards in Japan Thailand and China.
Of all the shows it's the one in Thailand that has the most noteworthy contest as Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (47-2, 31) defends his PABA Bantamweight title against Filipino Nathan Bolcio (11-5-2, 4). Bolcio returns to Thailand for his third fight in the country, though he is 0-2 there with both losses coming by T/KO and it'd be a major shock if he defeated Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat.
In China we have what appears to be a 6 bout show.
The main event in China sees Australian Heavyweight Alex Leapai (28-4-3, 23) attempt to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title against American based Mexican Felipe Romero (16-6-1, 11). We're not too sure how Romero qualifies for an "Asia Pacific" title fight though it's fair to say that Leapai will be strongly favoured anyway.
The Leapai/Romero bout isn't the only title fight on the show with China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (7-2, 3) battling Filipino Jilo Merlin (13-16-2, 2) for the currently vacant vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. A victory for the 23 year old Jun would be by far the best on his record though really does seem likely considering how well Jun fought against Jonathan Baat in Japan in both of his losses.
Although the top 2 contests are genuinely notable the remaining 4 contests on the show are hard to card too much about. The most interesting of them sees Zhang Yong Ming (0-0) in a battle of debutants with Thailand's Denkapton Pakdee Gym (0-0). The 6 round contest hopefully speaks about Ming's potential more than anything else.
The remaining bouts on the show see Xiang Jing (4-3) taking on the debuting Aekarthit Kanyaprom (0-0), Lu Erhaci (0-0) fighting Kenyan fighter Leonard (0-0) in an all debutant clash and in a female bout Hu Die (1-0) will face Indian debutant Saroj (0-0).
The card in Japan currently has 5 bouts listed on boxrec.com though we believe that there will actually be 7 contests on the card.
The most notable contest on the Japanese card is a bout between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (20-1-3, 9) and Yukinori Hisanaga (15-4-2, 9). Hisagana, ranked #9 in Japan at 122lbs, will be hoping to score his 5th successive victory as he attempts to claim the Japanese title against the talented Otake.
The chief support bout on the Japanese card sees Kazuaki Moriya (11-3, 1) facing Masashi Tada (10-3-1, 7) over 8 rounds. Tada, the #5 ranked Japanese Minimimumweight, moves up to Flyweight to face the #11 ranked Japanese Light Flyweight. Although on paper it may not look like a great contest we dare say that it could be a show stealer.
Also in 8 round action are Takaaki Ishikawa (9-4, 5) and Ganbare Shota (10-3-1, 2) who face each other in what looks like a potentially competitive contests even if it's not got any major names involved.
The show is expected to open with Yamato Kikuchi (2-3-2) in action against the ubeaten Yuji Okinori (4-0, 1). This bout, a 4 round contest at Flyweight would be a good opener in all honesty with Kikuchi always proving to be a competitive fighter whether he wins or loses. Unfortunately despite knowing there is another Flyweight bout to open the show we're unaware of who is going to be in the bout sadly.
In the 3rd fight of the show Ippei Azuma (1-0, 1) will fight fellow unbeaten Kota Okui (1-0) in a Bantamweight contest before we go into the only 6 round bout of the contest between Atsushi Hosogai (4-7) and Tomoya Murata (5-3, 2).
Currently Boxrec also lists a contest between Toshinobu Kondo (6-2, 6) and Kenta Takahashi (10-6-2, 3). We are under the belief that this bout has now been called off, though unfortunately we're not totally certain as to why.