The final Japanese show of the month is "Dangan 85" at the Korakuen Hall and is promoted by reason. The show, whilst not a must watch is an interesting show and has a solid line up with a combination of solid fighters, well made matches and promising youngsters.
The 8 fight show opens with a very competitive looking contest as the unbeaten Takeshi Yamagata (1-0-1) battles the win-less Shintaro Hirohama (0-1-1). Whilst it's not often that we can use "win-less", "unbeaten" and "competitive" in the same sentance we feel that it's actually perfect for this contest.
In the show's second contest we again get competitive action as Naoya Ota (0-1-1) fights the 18 year old Tatsuya Tsuge (1-2, 1). We don't expect anything great here but it should certainly be competitive.
The third contest on the card is part of the "A license" tournament. This bout will see the promising Yusaku Kuga (6-1-1, 4), fresh of the back of his "Rookie of the East" title, taking on the more experienced Taishi Torimoto (10-4-3, 1). Torimoto, despite his experience, does come in to this bout on the back of 2 losses in his last 4 contests however he did beat the previously unbeaten Yuki Ozawa last time out.
The first of three 8 round bouts sees the unbeaten Tatsuya Yanagi (9-0, 3) fighting the twice beaten Kazuhiro Miura (7-2). Aged 23 Yanagi is a genuinely promising talent though Miura will be looking to score his most notable victory so far. Although neither man is currently ranked by the JBC it wouldn't be a shock for the winner of this contest to enter the rankings sooner rather than later.
Following the first 8 round bout we go back to the 6 round distance as the Japanese ranked Hiroki Sato (6-4, 4) looks to end a 2 fight losing streak. Sato will face the limited Yuzuru Koizumi (8-6, 2) who has been stopped inside a round in 2 of his last 3 contests. With Sato being a genuine puncher we'd not be shocked at him stopping Koizumi here.
In the second of the 8 rounds the highly ranked Japanese Bantamweight Masahiro Ishida (12-5-2, 6) takes on the win-some-lose some Ryosuke Kinoshita (9-8-1, 3). Ishida enters the this contest with 2 losses in his last 3 whilst Kinoshita actualy enters on a run of 4 straight victories, albeit against a lower level of opponent than that of which Ishida has been fighting.
The main event here sees former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Shinya Iwabuchi (21-4, 17) taking on Koichi Ogawa (9-3-1, 4). This will be Iwabuchi's first bout since being beaten by Korean Min-Wook Kim back in April in an OPBF title bout though in all honesty Ogawa should give him no real challenge and this should be over inside the distance.
We're hoping that Iwabuchi will get back into the title mix following this bout and infact we're hoping that if he wins here he will challenge for the Japanese title that he had previously held. A bout between Iwabuchi and Keita Obara, for example, would certainly be interesting somewhere down the line
Today sees 2 notable cards in Asia. One in Japan at the always popular Korakuen Hall which sees an OPBF title bout and one in the Philippines which features a WBC Youth Silver title meaning that both cards do hold some international importance.
In Japan the OPBF title bout we mentioned is the Light Welterweight belt currently held by South Korean Min-Wook Kim (9-1, 7). Kim will be hoping to make the 3rd defense of a title he won just less than a year ago as he takes on former Japanese champion Shinya Iwabuchi (21-3, 17). This bout, pitting two hard hitting fighters against each isn't really expected to see the final bell but it should promise fire works.
Although there is only one bout publicly listed at the Korakuen Hall, the bout does look genuinely fantastic and we do expect more than just the single one to actually be fought.
The Filipino card held at the "Muntinlupa Sports Complex" in Muntinlupa City is a much deeper card on paper even if the bouts aren't as meaningful. The main event here sees Filipino national champion (PBF) Richard Pumicpic (11-5-2, 4) making the first defense of his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title as he takes on Indonesian challenger Junior Bajawa (14-1, 7). Although on paper Bajawa's record is impressive we've got to favour the very under-rated Filipino who looks like he could be a dark horse for a world title down the line. Trust ue he's much better than his record indicates.
Amongst the more notable names on the Filipino card is former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (31-6-1, 17) who takes on journeyman Boido Simanjuntak (16-17-1, 5) ad Concepcion tries to work himself back into contention. Bernabe's younger brother Bobby Concepcion (10-3-1, 4) is also on the card as he faces Elbert Guardario (7-20-1, 2).
The Concepcion brothers make up 2 of the 4 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds on the card and they are joined by Daniel Ferreras (11-5-1, 4) who faces the experienced Marvin Tampus (27-17-2, 18) and Jeffrey Cerna (12-7, 5) who takes on Rogen Flores (12-19-4, 5).
Lower down the card is a chance for prospects Bebong Manalo (5-0, 3) and Nino Valenzuela (7-0, 2). Manalo will be facing Warren Mambuanag (5-2-2, 2) whilst Valenzuela goes up against the unbeaten Lester Abutan (2-0, 1).
The card also features the debut of Jon Jon Estrada and Juanito Hundante both in bouts that they have a good chance of winning. Estrada faces Mark Postrano (0-1) whilst Hundante goes up against JC Francisco (1-6) who won his last bout after losing his first 6. Despite Francisco's record he is much better than he raw numbers and could well have been 4-3 going in to this bout.
The only other bout on the card sees the perfect matching records of Jommel Mungkal and JR Florendo (both are 1-1) taking each other on. Florendo has twice faced JC Francisco (see above) and going in to this bout we genuinely have to say it's a 50-50 bout.