After a major weekend of boxing in Asia the action returns for a new week as Flash Akbane put on a small show at the Korakuen Hall
The show kicks off withan all debutant contest as Kiyoshi Tsuchiya (0-0) battles Shohei Nagashima (0-0) in a 4 rounder. This is one of 4 contests schedule for the 4 round distance and one of two bouts featuring a debutant.
In the second of the 4 round contest Naoto Takanashi (3-7-1, 2) will fight Daijiro Sato (2-5, 1), a man who is 8 years removed from his last victory. This will be followed by the second bout involving a debutant as Kibashi Takuya (0-0), we believe, fights Tomonori Ota (1-1).
The final of the 4 round contests is between two men who we unfortunately can't identify.
Following the 4 round bouts Takeshi Goda (6-2, 2) will fight Satoshi Hagizaki (7-6, 3) over 8 rounds. This will then be followed by the show's final contest as Takashi Inagaki (17-10-1, 7) meets Masaki Saito (9-9-3, 2) in what looks to be a disappointing main event.
A busy Sunday is the norm in Japan for boxing and with 3 cards today this week is no exception.
The most notable of the 3 Japanese cards takes place at the FujisanMesse in Fuji.
The main event of the Fuji card sees the unbeaten Ryuji Hara (14-0, 10) making the second defense of his Japanese Minimumweight title as he takes on Shuhei Ito (12-2-1, 3). This match not only has the title on the line but also revenge for Ito who suffered his first career defeat at the hands of Hara back in 2010. It's likely the winner of this bout will move into an OPBF title bout with in 2 or 3 fights and then look towards a world title bout in the coming years.
As well as “Hara v Ito II” the card also features Go Odaira (7-3-3, 1) against Kazuma Kitahara (8-2-1, 4) in a very well matched up bout. Whilst Odaira has suffered 3 losses one of those came to Hara so there is no shame there. In a lesser bout Yuki Tsuge (12-2, 6) takes on Yuji Hasegawa (6-2, 1) and Kazuya Nakano (4-2, 4) takes on a yet to be named opponent.
In the Convention Center, Ginowan a 3 bout card is scheduled (though we'd imagine more bouts will be added by fight night). The most notable of those bouts sees Koseki Nakama (15-4, 6) who's is 1-3 in his last 4 fights, taking on Filipino Jose Ocampo (17-5-1, 12) an opponent best known for his links to Ricky Burns.
As fans will know Ocampo was strongly linked to a fight for the WBO Super Featherweight world title around the turn of the year though the bout was eventually called off after Ocampo's trainer unfortunately passed away.
As well as the Nakama against Ocampo fight there is also a very interesting bout between Go Onaga (19-2-2, 14) and Ryan Rey Ponteras (12-9-1, 6). Although on paper this appears like a mismatch Ponteras does take a 4 fight winning streak in to the ring whilst Onaga is 2-1-1 in his last 4.
The final bout that we have details about on the card is a total mismatch as Masatoshi Kotani (11-2, 9) faces Payanoi Jittygym (0-1). Whilst Kotani was stopped 2 fights ago by Cirilo Espino he should still cruise to a victory here.
The final card is also the most scarce in terms of information with only 1 bout currently listed. The one bout we have details for at the City Sogo Gym is Masaki Saito (8-9-3, 1) against Kazunari Fujisawa (9-9-4, 2). We've got to admit that this is a bout that doesn't set the pulses racing and we'd assume that the undercard will mostly be novice professionals.