Although there is notable cards in Japan pretty much every day this week the one that stands out as being the most interesting one is with out a doubt Thursday's card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, dubbed "Kamikaze 2" is headlined by an historic bout between Kyotaro Fujimoto (6-1, 4) and Okello Peter (21-6, 19) as the two men battle out for the Japanese Heavyweight title. This promises to be an explosive contest and whilst Kyotaro will be the favourite he'll need to be wary of Peters power. This will be the first time the Japanese Heavyweight title has been fought for since 1957.
The Kyotaro/Peter bout is one of two Heavyweight contests on the show. The other sees the promising Rio Hidaka (10-1, 8) looking to bounce back from his sole loss as he takes on Masataka Takehara (7-8-3, 3). Hidaka was hugely disappointing last time out, losing to Gregory Tony, but he can be fun to watch so this bout, like the main event could end up being very explosive.
It's not only the Heavyweight action that promises explosions but also a contest at Lightweight that sees Masayoshi Nakatani (5-0, 4) sharing a ring with Shuhei Tsuchiya (14-1, 12). This is a big step up Nakatani who has looked very good so far and with Tsuchiya coming in to the bout on the back of his sole loss he'll likely be looking to get back to winning ways in what promises to be a very special contest.
We believe there are 3 other bouts on the card though only have details on two of them. In those bouts we're expecting to see Yusuke Sakashita (8-4-2, 5) taking on Ryu Onigashima (12-6, 7) and the hard matched Kenji Kubo (2-1) facing off with Yosuke Fujihara (13-1, 4). We'd be shocked if those bouts didn't help complete one of the best "lower level cards" in a very long time.
Outside of Japan we also believe that the very promising Roman Zhailauov (8-0, 6) of Kazakhstan will be in action. We've yet to learn of the name of his opponent but the 19 year old does look like he's starting a very promising career.
There will also be action for Australian based Thai Singphayak Kokietgym (5-2, 4), AKA John Ford. The Thai will be looking to claim the Victoria State Light Welterweight title as he fights Qamil Balla (4-0-1, 3).