We kick off a new week of boxing with a show in Japan as Tokashiki Boxing Gym take over the Korakuen Hall for a 9 fight show dubbed “Super Fighting Spirit Vol.9”. The show, which primarily consists of 4 round contests features several notable names an two interesting looking contests.
The event begins with the unbeaten Takuya Yamaguchi (0-0-1) fighting the debuting Hiroshi Kato (0-0). Kato is one of 4 debutants on the card, though the other 3 are on much, much later on the card.
In the second contest of the show Byodoin Tokuoka (1-0, 1), who has been inactive since February 2012, returns to the ring to take on Takahiro Tonouchi (0-1) in a 4 round bout at Flyweight. This is followed by a catch weight bout, again featuring novices, as Tomohiro Yoshiwara (1-0) fights Muneyuki Kishii (2-1, 1) who brings a two-fight winning streak to the ring.
In the final of four straight 4-rounders Shinichi Hiraga (0-1) fights Masahiro Kobayashi (2-1, 1) in what is the last of 4 very uninteresting looking contests.
Following the four bouts scheduled for 4 rounder we get a two bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. Sadly we've struggled to get the names of either of the men in the first 6 rounder but the second will see the very highly regarded Hikaru Marugame (1-0, 1) fighting Filipino Roman Canto (8-2-2, 3). Marugame, a former amateur stand-out, will be expected to defeat Canto though may be forced to to work much harder than he did in his debut back in July.
Marugame's fight Canto will be followed by a second contest between a highly regarded former Japanese amateur and a Filipino as Naoto Uebayashi (3-0-1, 2) fights Marjohn Yap (19-9, 10) in the card's sole 8 rounder. This is Uebayashi's first fight since scoring a draw with Yusaku Kuga and could prove to be too much too soon for a man many are tipping to be a future world champion.
Oddly the card closes out with two bouts featuring debutants. The first of these will see Satoshi Ito (0-0) taking on Arao Mitsuru (0-0) in an all-debutant clash before Masanori Shimomura (0-0) debuts against Katsunori Yano (0-2) in what appears to be a highly anticipated debut.
Once again it's the Filipino's that treat us to the best action of the day as a a 6 bout card in Batangas is the highlight of a pretty weak looking day.
The card's 6 bouts don't really have that much excitement written across them though the preliminary bout between the unbeaten Ricky Rulay (5-0, 4) and Rey Ramos (4-1-1, 1) is a very promising 8 rounder. To date Dulay has fought just 13 rounds and with Ramos having never been stopped he could well be extended here in what could prove to be a solid match up.
Dulay isn't the only unbeaten fighter in action that as Jun Doliguez (15-0-1, 11) and JR Magboo (9-0-2, 3) look to extend their unbeaten runs. For both men the job looks easy with Doliguez taking on Arlon Batingal (7-6, 4) whilst Magboo faces Rolly Llino (4-9-1, 2). It'd be a real surprise if either of the unbeaten fighters here suffered their first reversal.
At Super Featherweight Roberto Gonzales (21-2, 12) looks to rebuild his career after suffering 2 losses last year. This will be "Calibre's" second bout this year and it'd be a shock if he lost against Eric Rapada (15-20-7, 2) who he actually beat back in 2010.
Bantamweight action takes up the card's other two bouts with Roman Canto (8-1-1, 3) facing Armando Casa (11-10-4, 3) and Jetro Pabustan (20-1-5, 6) facing the legendary Menard Zaragosa (5-11, 3) who is known for having left the ring during a bout in need of the toilet. It's hard to see either of the once beaten guys getting upset here.
In Australia the hard hitting Thai Singsiam Kokietgym (6-2, 6) looks for his biggest victory as he takes on Matthew Lytwynenko (9-2-3, 5). Also on this card in Australia is OPBF Heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono (20-1-2, 18) who is best known for stopping Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto. Haumono will look to make an impact on the world scene as he takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (28-3-1, 13) who himself beat Alex Leapai (27-4-3, 22) a year ago.