It appears to us that Japanese fans are getting a lot of early Christmas presents. Over the past few days they've had title fights involving Naoya Inoue, Akira Yaegashi, Ryosuke Iwasa and Keita Obara. Today sees that title action continuing with a title triple header courtesy of the weirdly named "Overheat Boxers Night Vol.66".
This show, put on by Katsumata, will be headlined by recent WBO Super Middleweight title challenger Yuzo Kiyota (23-4-1, 21) who looks to reclaim the OPBF title he gave up for his world title challenge. In the opposite corner to the monstrously hard hitting Kiyota we will have Shintaro Matsumoto (10-3, 8), who Kiyota actually defended the title against in his first reign.
As well as the OPBF title fight in the main event we get a Japanese title fight in the main support bout as former WBC Flyweight title challenger Takuya Kogawa (22-2, 13) defends his Japanese Flyweight for the 4th time. Kogawa will be facing top Japanese contender and world ranked opponent Suguru Muranaka (18-2-1, 5). It's fair to say that who ever wins here will be eying up a potential world title fight in 2014. Kogawa brings world rankings with all 4 Organisations (WBO #5, WBA #9, IBF#9 and WBA #15) whilst Muranaka is ranked by the WBA (#8). Although this is the support bout it's arguably the most important contest of the day.
The secondary support bout is also a title fight as Filipino Angelito Merin (7-2-2, 1) meets countryman Jovylito Aligarbes (9-2, 3) in a defense of Merin's WBC Youth World Super Flyweight title. This bout is admittedly a big step down from the other two title fights but with a Filipino rivalry coming in to the contest it could prove to be something rather memorable.
Alongside the 3 title fights we get 4 other contests. The most intriguing of those is an 8 round bout between Filipino Rene Dacquel (10-2, 3) and the hard hitting but limited Hideyuki Watanabe (6-5-2, 5).
To start the show we get the other 3 bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds. These are to feature a debutant in the first fight before Fujioka Hyuma (3-2-1) takes on Keisuke Fujii (3-3, 2) and Fumio Ujihara (1-1, 1) fights Yosuke Sato (2-6, 2).
For the second successive day we have domestic action in Japan, this time at Korakuen Hall courtesy of Miyata Boxing Gym.
The show opens with a pair of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds as Shogo Yonenaga (1-1, 1) takes on Daichi Ushiki (1-4) and Hyuma Fujioka (3-2) battles Toru Kudo (3-2-1, 1). Whilst neither of these bouts will get the heart racing they are both decent enough to open a show and should be competitive, especially Fujioka/Kudo.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Hiroyuki Sagehashi (6-5-2) in action against Mitsuhisa Hayashi (4-3, 3) in another bout that we would expect to be competitive even if neither fighter will ever be expected to reach the top of the sport.
After the 6 round bout the show has 4 bouts scheduled for the 8 round distance.
The first of 8 round bouts sees a very one-sided looking bout as Kaname Tabei (10-6-2, 7) fights Yusaku Ishikawa (3-4), it's going to be very much an up hill battle for Ishikawa.
The second of these will see the promising Nobuyuki Shindo (13-2, 4) in action. The 6'1" south paw is expected to face a Thai opponent, though unfortunately we're unsure on who the opponent will be.
In the third of the 8 round bouts we get the most notable name on the card, Takuya Kogawa (21-2, 12) in action. The former world title challenger and current Japanese national champion will be expected to pick a very easy win as he takes on the mismatched Thai Petchkrapee Sithsaithong (0-5). We don't really see much merit in this match up other than to keep Kogawa busy as he's been inactive since February.
The main event sees veteran Kazuyoshi Kumano (25-12, 6) in against the much younger Yusuke Konno (7-1, 3). Konno will know that whilst he's the less experienced of the two he's also the younger and bigger fighter and will also be aware that a win here could help him get some more traction in his own promising career.
Sure this is an amazing card hit it's a decent enough show, despite the mismatch in the Kogawa fight which is hopefully a biding time bout before Kogawa gets another world title fight.