Just a day after the weeks first world title fights action returns to Japan as Kyoei put on a small, but yet notable, show in the Korakuen Hall.
This show begins with the debuting Shohei Sakaguchi (0-0) fighting the win-less Takahiro Yasukawa (0-2) who lost both of his previous fights to debutants, something that should give Sakaguchi some confidence going in. In the second contest on the show Ryosuke Ota (1-5), looking for his second successive victory, will be taking on Toshiki Nishihara (2-3-1) who is without a win in his last 3 contests.
It's not just Sakaguchi that's making his debut as the shows third bout sees two men debuting with Shun Wakabayashi (0-0) fighting Takeshi Sato (0-0) in an interesting all-debutant contest. We then have one more 4 rounders, though unfortunately we're unsure who will be competing in that contest.
Following the four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds we then have two bouts scheduled for 8. The first of these will see Masatoshi Nakamura (6-7, 3) fighting the evenly matched Mako Matsuyama (6-7-1, 3). This looks like one of those brilliantly even match ups despite neither guy having a winning record.
In the main event we're expecting a distance fight as the light hitting Keisuke Arima (8-8-1, 1) battles the equally light hitting Wataru Ikenouchi (6-9-1, 1).
A new weekend kicks off with the regular boxing from Thailand as well as a wonderful show from Japan that has up licking our lips.
As we know it's televised we'll start with the Thai card which is from the King Ramesuan Provincal Stadium in Lop Buri and will be televised live on Thai Channel 7.
The card is expected to feature 3 or 4 bouts, though unfortunately we only have details on 2 of them. The main event sees Nawaphon Por Chokchai (15-0, 11) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title for the 5th time as he takes on Filipino Roque Lauro (9-14-4, 2). Lauro is unlikely to score the upset but we wouldn't put it beyond him to make life difficult for Nawaphon.
With Nawaphon in the main event it's interesting to see current world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (19-3-1, 18) in the chief support bout. Srisaket, fighting in a stay busy fight returns to the ring for the first time since stopping Yota sato for the WBC Super Flyweight title back in May. Srisaket will be facing Joan Imperial (9-2-5, 4) in what really should be little more than a pubic sparring session for the destructive Srisaket.
In Tokyo we have a 10 bout show with 7 bouts being part of the "Rookie of the Year" tournament and 3 being very well matched bouts with unbeaten fighters.
Of those 3 bouts two take place at Super Featherweight as Masayuki Ito (10-0-1, 3) faces Taiki Minamoto (7-2, 6) and Tatsuya Yanagi (8-0, 3) takes on Keisuke Arima (8-7-1, 1).
Of those two bouts it's certainly the Ito/Minamoto bout that serves the most interest. Both fighters are 22 and whilst Minimoto has the lesser record and has been stopped twice he has seriously hurtful power and seems to be a bit of a "stop me or I'll stop you" fighter. If Ito boxes to his best he should be able to claim a decision, if he gets tagged we may end up with an excellent bout.
In the other Super Featherweight it's very hard to see a way in which Arima defeats Yanagi. It looks likely to be a clear 8 round decision in favour of Yanagi.
The other "non-Rookie" bout sees Super Flyweight prospect Katsunori Nagamine (8-0, 5) taking on the power punching Akira Tsurumi (10-4, 10). We do like Nagamine but need to admit we are worried for him here if he gets caught by Tsurumi who is 35 but can still bang.
From the "Rookie" section of the card we think (please note we may be slightly wrong on these) that Kazuyuki Wakamatsu (3-0, 3) will be facing Akio Tomiyama (4-3, 3) in a very interesting Lightweight bout. In the same division Kenji Ishii (3-1, 3) will be up against 19 year old Ryosuke Takami (1-0, 1).
Sadly we've no idea on the other 5 bouts from the "Rookie of the Year" tournament, though we believe that the bouts will consist of1 Light Welterweight bout, 1 Super Featherweight contest, 2 Featherweight contests and a Bantamweight bout.