To begin the weekend it appears that Asian boxing fans have a solid card in Japan to look out for.
At the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka the Harada Gym presents "Fighting Beat Boxing" a show that appears to have 7 bouts listed.
The most notable bout on the show sees Ryo Nakajima (18-5, 10), Japan's #5 ranked Lightweight, taking on the hard hitting Kota Tokunaga (9-2, 7). Tokunaga is very much a finish or be finished type of guy with both of his losses coming via opening round KO and we'd not be too shocked if Nakajima manages to stop him early here.
Arguably a more interesting contest sees the unbeaten Shohei Omori (8-0, 4) facing Kiron Omura (11-2, 9). Going in to this bout Omori is putting his #12 Japanese Ranking at Bantamweight on the line against a dangerous but unranked opponent. This could well be the show stealer.
The final of the bouts currently listed on boxrec sees the experienced Yuki Takemoto (12-18-2, 6) matched up with Ryota Kihara (6-5-4, 5). This looks to be the weakest bout on the card in all honesty though it should still be entertaining with Kihara's power.
Not listed on boxrec are 4 other bouts including a "West Rookie of the Year" Featherweight contest between Shingo Kawamura (3-1, 1) and 18 year old Kyohei Tonomoto (1-0, 1).
The other 3 contests are all novice bouts as Takahiko Nakajima (1-3-1) is in action against, who believe is Takashi Okada (6-1-1, 1) who is best known for defeating McWilliams Arroyo. (Note-we may be wrong about it being Okada in action here); deubtant Yuki Takahashi (0-0) faces a fellow debutant who believe is Kitajima Sho (0-0) and Shota Fujii (1-8) will be battling Nakayama Takeshi (1-4-2, 1).
The most notable action today takes place in the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka with 2 scheduled 8 rounds currently listed on boxrec as well as the US debut of unbeaten Chinese fighter Yang Lian Hui (11-0-0-1, 7).
Starting with the Osaka card it's actually hard to get excited about either of the bouts. In one of those we have Lightweight Ryo Nakajima (17-5, 10) facing journeyman Kosuke Iwashita (13-14-2, 7). For this bout it's hard to really give Iwashita any sort of a chance especially considering he comes in on the back of 4 straight losses whilst Nakajima enters on a 10 fight winning streak. Whilst Iwashita has faced the better opponents, including Prawet Singwancha and Takehiro Shimada he struggled to win rounds against the high level opponents.
The other fight on the card is a little bit more interesting as Super Bantamweight puncher Kiron Omura (10-2, 8) faces Yuki Kobayashi (6-1, 4). Omura will have to go in to this bout as the favourite but the 23 year old southpaw has been stopped in the past (he was blasted out by Takahiro Yamamoto in 2009) and may still be there to be stopped, he is however on a 3 fight winning streak. The 21 year old Kobayashi is on a 2 fight winning run since being upset by Yuichi Arai in June of last year, though both of his wins since then have come against the limited Masanori Oshima.
At the moment of writing Yang Lian Hui (AKA Ik Yang) hasn't been announced though we'd expect to see him in with a journeyman style opponent as he looks to make a name for himself in the states. The 28 year old Chinese fighter who is currently residing in South Korea is one of the most entertaining fighters in the world with a very fan friendly style which has been compared to American Emanuel Augustus and we'd expect the US audience to take to him very quickly thanks to his charisma and style.
Yang is scheduled to fight on the untelevised portion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" though we've our fingers crossed that a few early stoppages will see his bout given some air time as he's a fighter who could be "made for TV".