Following an extraordinarily busy week of Asian action things continue underway on Sunday with two Japanese shows. One of these, promoted by Matsuda, takes place at the Aioi Hall in Aichi and the other is a VADY promoted event at the Sambo Hall in Kobe.
We'll start with the Matsuda show which kicks off with 3 all debutant contests, in fact in total it has 4 all debutant contests and 9 debutants on show including Katsuya Takahashi (0-0) who fights Tomoya Tomiyama (4-1, 4).
Between the bouts featuring debutant contests (which, for those interested are bouts 1,2,3, 6 and 7) we will see low level action with Kohei Furusawa (2-4) fighting an opponent we're struggling to name and Kenta Matsui (2-1) fighting Jun Takigawa (1-0, 1).
In a Welterweight contest Brazil's Marcos Sogabe (3-7-1, 3) will be facing the unbeaten Takahito Osaka (3-0-2, 3) in what looks like an interesting contest despite Sogabe's record. This contest will be the final of eight bouts scheduled for 4 rounds.
The sole 6 rounder will see teenager Daisuke Hayakawa (4-2, 3) facing Tomoya Sato (4-6-1, 2) before the two 8 round co-main events.
The first of the headline bouts will see Yuji Shimizu (14-7-1, 1) battling Takashi Omae (10-3-5, 1) in a very interesting looking bout at at a catch-weight of 50KG. With of these men ranked by the Japanese Boxing Commission this is genuinely a noteworthy contest on a day with very few notable bouts.
In the final contest of the show Shinji Takayama (19-3, 11) battles Keita Ito (8-16-2, 4) in an attempt to defend his #9 national rankings. Takayama, who isn't a long way from a Japanese Featherweight title shot, will be expected to come out on top here though he has struggled when he's been unable to stop opponents and Ito is relatively tough.
The other show kicks off with Ryusuke Hoashi (1-3), who has lost his last two contests, taking on the unbeaten Takuya Fukuda (0-0-1) in one of six bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. In the second contest of the show Takuya Fujioka (2-2-1, 1) will be fighting Tenmei Serizawa (2-1, 2) before the debuting Yuuma Yasuda (0-0) faces Hideya Takayama (1-0-1, 1).
Although we're unsure who will be in the shows fourth contest the fifth is going to be Wataru Sako (3-1) against Yasuyuki Otagaki (2-1-2) in what is one of the shows most evenly matched contests. In the show's sixth, and final 4 rounder, contest we get see Ryoma Yasuda (2-0, 2) taking on a debutant.
In the first of three 8 round bouts we will see Kohei Maruoka (7-4-1, 1) fighting Kazuki Hashimoto (7-4, 3) in an amazingly well balanced contest. On paper this is an excellent match up though it does need to be noted that Mauroka is the man risking his national ranking going in to this contest.
The second of the 8 round bouts will see Ryota Kihara (6-6-4, 5) facing the ranked Shinichiro Morikawa (13-4-1, 9) in what looks like a mismatch in all honesty before we get the final bout, a real mismatch as Kazuhiro Nishitani (11-2, 5) faces Hiroki Tani (8-12-3, 3).
Sadly despite one bout looking great on this show the rest do leave something to be desired.
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).