The next 2 weeks are extremely busy in Japanese boxing. They kick off with a Shirai-Gushiken Sports (SGS) card held at the legendary Korakuen Hall.
The card, which we suspect will have 6 bouts, will be headlined by female action as Naoko Yamaguchi (21-3-3, 17) competes against late replacement opponent Chuthaporn Pradissan (5-14).
Originally Yamaguchi was scheduled to defend her WBA female Super Flyweight title against interim champion Daniela Romina Bermudez (14-2-2, 4) in what looked to be a genuinely amazing match up. Sadly with Bermudez pulling out we've been left with a much less significant match up.
The chief support on the card is also a female bout as former world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (6-4, 4) looks to claim the vacant OPBF Flyweight title. Ebata will face South Korean Cho-Rong Son (11-3, 3), a former female WBA Minimumweight champion, in a bout that we need to say is a tough one for Ebata.
Staying on the theme of female action the show is also expected to feature the retirement ceremony of Noriko Tsunoda. Tsunoda is a former OPBF Super Flyweight champion though having lost her title last time out to Tomoko Kawanishi she has called it a day aged 42.
As well as the female action on the card we expect to see 4 others bouts on the card including 3 "Rookie of the Year" qualifying bouts. Sadly we're not certain on the full bout list though we believe that Yuki Miyoshi (2-0, 0) and Little Tyson Tanaka (3-0, 2) will both be featured in those bouts.
We also think that there will be action involving Hokuto Kawana, though we've no other information here.
If you want to see the promotional poster for this show we have it in our new "Posters!" section.
Although there is no notable male action today boxing fans in Tokyo can still get their fix of fistic action as fight fans get a female double header at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the card sees Japanese veteran Naoko Yamaguchi (20-3-3, 16) defending her WBA female Super Flyweight title against Italian challenger Loredana Piazza (9-1, 4). On paper this looks like an acceptable match up though in all honesty it's hard to imagine the challenger being successful against the hard hitting champion.
The support bout however is actually a really nicely matched bout that sees OPBF Super Flyweight champion Noriko Tsunoda (6-2, 4) make the first defense of her title against fellow Japanese fighter Tomoko Kawanishi (6-1, 2). Whilst the power seems to sit with Tsunoda on paper she is some 16 years older than her challenger which may act as a neautraliser of sorts.
It's rare that a support bout is expected to outshine the main event though this is a pretty clear case where the potential is for a very good "secondary" bout.