Boxing returns to Japan on Tuesday for normal, no-title action, as Misako Gym puts on a 9 fight show, “Misako Clan Meeting”, at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, which begins with novice Kazutaka Matsunishi (1-0) fighting against Akira Kokubo (1-3) in a Light Flyweight contest, will see four bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. The second bout on the show will see win-less men colliding as Keigo Oshima (0-3) battles Mitsunari Takaboshi (0-3) who returns to the ring after more than 3 years out of the ring.
In the third contest on the show Takahiro Onjuku (1-2, 1) will be fighting an opponent with an identical record in the form of Taiyo Gunjima (1-2, 1). We believe that the final 4 rounder will see Yoshihiko Suzuki (0-2), ending a 6 year break from the ring. Unfortunately we're unsure who Suzuki will be fighting.
Following the 4rounder action turns up a notch as we move on to two scheduled 6 round contests. The first of these will see Takahiro Iida (4-2-1, 2) fighting against Seiji Watanabe (4-3-1, 2) in what looks to be an evenly matched contest. The second 6 rounder bout will see Shun Shimazaki (5-4, 1) looking for his fourth victory of the year as he takes on Kenta Toi (2-3).
Following the 6 rounders we then get to a trio of 8 rounders that make up the most interesting contests of the show.
The first of the 8 rounders will see Osamu Hashimoto (8-5, 1) taking on the limited but hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-5-2, 5). Ueno, who may lack a winning record, has lost his last 3 though has been competitive in most of his losses and in fact his record could well have read much better had he been with a notable promoter. Hashimoto will be favoured but this is a lot more interesting than it looks on paper.
In the second 8 rounder Satoshi Momota (9-8, 4) will be fighting the highly ranked Shamgar Koichi (16-5-1, 9). Koichi, ranked by the OPBF and the JBC, will be putting his rankings on the line here though in all honesty he should have far more than enough to defeat the limited but tough Momota who hasn't yet been stopped in his 17 fight career.
The main event, also over 8 rounds, will see former Japanese Super Flyweight challenger Yuki Fukumoto (15-7, 5) taking on Yusuke Sakashita (9-4-2, 5) in what looks on paper to be an easy test. Although Fukumoto has has lost a number of recent fights he really should have more than enough for Sakashita.
The busy week in the Orient continues with 2 cards on Thursday one in "The Hall" in Japan and one in Thailand.
The show in Thailand sees former WBC Minimumweight world champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (48-1-1, 17) defending his WBC International Super Flyweight title for the 6th time as he takes on Japan's Hyobu Nakagama (16-10-3, 11).
Aged just 28 Oleydong has been on the scene for over a decade and it can't be long before he gets another world title bout, though of course he will need to get past Nakagama here.
In Nagakama's native Japan the Korakuen Hall card has 8 bouts listed (although only 4 are currently listed on boxrec.com).
Those that are listed on Boxrec are by far the most important.
The most notable fight on the card sees former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Masaaki Serie (23-5, 10) taking on youngster Yuki Ozawa (10-1, 2). Ozawa comes in to this bout on the back of his sole loss so will be looking to get his career back underway whilst Serie looks to build on his victory over Gabriel Altarejos earlier this year.
The Serie/Ozawa is one of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds with Shamgar Koichi (15-5-1, 9) facing recent Japanese title challenger Moon Hyun Yun (14-3-1, 2) and the hard hitting Kazuki Hayashi (7-3-1, 6) fighting Masayoshi Kotake (8-7-1, 4) in the others.
The card also geatures a 6 round contest as Takumi Koyama (6-2, 4) battles Yusuke Tsukada (5-3, 3). This bout looks like a very even match up on paper and should well be competitive.
We know that 4 other bouts are on the card, though the only one we know about is that Ueda Yugo (0-0) will be debuting against fellow debutant Terai Shunta (0-0).