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.
It's starting to seem liek the action just never stops in the east and whilst that's a great thing for boxing fans it's a lot of work to keep up.
This Tuesday sees action returning to the Korakuen Hall for an 8 bout show promoted by Misako promotions.
The show kicks off with a 4 round bout at Super Flyweight as Takahiro Iida (3-2-1, 2) faces Hokuto Sakata (2-2-1, 1). Iida comes in to this bout winless in 3 contests whilst Sakata is 1-1-1 in his last 3, possibly giving him a slight edge.
The show is then expected to have a 4 round bout at Sper Bantamweight. We think, though aren't sure, that this bout will see Masanori Oshima (2-6-5, 2) taking on Ryosuke Ota (0-4). Of course with records like this it's doubtful that the bout will have too much interest though it could be Ota's best chance at recording a victory.
The first of the shows 3 contests scheduled for 6 rounds sees Yusuke Konno (6-1, 2) looking for his second victory of the year. Konno will be facing the limited but hard hitting Kai Zama (6-6, 4) who enters on the back of 1 win in his last 6 contests.
At Light Middleweight Norimitsu Ebine (8-6-1, 5) returns from a 3 year break to fight Shiro Saito (5-3-1, 2). Although Ebine is a solid puncher himself he is winless since 2007 and has lost his last 4 bouts, with this in mind Saito has to be favoured, despite him losing his most recent bout.
The third, and final, 6 round bout on the show sees Mitsumasa Takahashi (7-4, 2) looking to end a run of 1 win in his last 5 as he faces the hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-4-2, 5). Ueno has lost his last 2 bouts though hs is 4-2-2 (3) in the last 3 years.
The first of the shows 3 bouts scheduled for 8 round sees the faltering Yohei Tobe (5-1-1, 3) attempt to resurrect his career. A year ago Tobe looked to be a star in the making though a loss to Ryo Akaho and a draw with Richard Pumicpic have seen some questioning his potential. Tobe will be looking for his second win since those back-to-back set backs as he takes on Ken Achiwa (8-9-2, 2) who has gone 3-8-1 in his last 12 bouts and should be little more than fodder for Tobe.
At Welterweight Koshinmaru Saito (18-5-1, 10) takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (9-2-2, 6) in arguably the cards most promising bout on paper. Saito is ranked #3 in Japan at 147lbs though has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts whilst Fujinaka is 6-1-1 (4) in his last 8 contest, albeit at a much lower level than what Saito has been competing at.
The final bout on the show sees Filipino Cris Paulino (10-1, 3) taking on the #5 ranked Japanese Flyweight Yuki Fukumoto (15-6, 5). Although highly ranked in Japan Fukumoto was no match for his last Filipino opponent Silvester Lopez who stopped him in 4. Although Paulino enters on the back of a loss to Ardin Diale he is unbeaten in 8 round contests and against Japanese opponents so should be favoured here in what looks like a worthwhile main event.