Just a day after the weeks first world title fights action returns to Japan as Kyoei put on a small, but yet notable, show in the Korakuen Hall.
This show begins with the debuting Shohei Sakaguchi (0-0) fighting the win-less Takahiro Yasukawa (0-2) who lost both of his previous fights to debutants, something that should give Sakaguchi some confidence going in. In the second contest on the show Ryosuke Ota (1-5), looking for his second successive victory, will be taking on Toshiki Nishihara (2-3-1) who is without a win in his last 3 contests.
It's not just Sakaguchi that's making his debut as the shows third bout sees two men debuting with Shun Wakabayashi (0-0) fighting Takeshi Sato (0-0) in an interesting all-debutant contest. We then have one more 4 rounders, though unfortunately we're unsure who will be competing in that contest.
Following the four bouts scheduled for 4 rounds we then have two bouts scheduled for 8. The first of these will see Masatoshi Nakamura (6-7, 3) fighting the evenly matched Mako Matsuyama (6-7-1, 3). This looks like one of those brilliantly even match ups despite neither guy having a winning record.
In the main event we're expecting a distance fight as the light hitting Keisuke Arima (8-8-1, 1) battles the equally light hitting Wataru Ikenouchi (6-9-1, 1).
To start a wonderful weekend of action we have 2 major cards in Asia as well as Asian action internationally as we wind down on an amazing week of action for Asian fighters in the Orient.
In Japan the Korakuen Hall plays host to an interesting card that whilst not packed with big names does have the potential to be a pretty solid card. The main event of the card sees Japan's Taisho Ozawa (21-7-2, 13) against Filipino Rey Labao (23-4, 15) in what could well be an explosive contest and one that the visitor has a genuine chance in.
On the same card we also get a Middleweight clash between Fukutaro Ujiie (17-11-1, 11) and Kyoichiro Shoji (10-4-4, 4) in what could be a bit of an eliminator to facing Ryoto Murata later this year, though admittedly Murata would likely be able to deal with them both on the same night.
Lower down the card there is a very evenly matched bout between Ryutaro Taira (7-2-1, 3) and Ganbare Shota (9-3-1, 2) which sees both men trying to forget about a stoppage defeat last time out. This has the potential to be very even and we wouldn't be that surprised at a draw.
In fact it's only the Featherweight bout between Yosuke Kawano (6-2-1, 3) and Wataru Ikenouchi (6-8-1, 1) that appears to be a forgone conclusion as we get a very rare card of 50-50 style bouts.
In Thailand we get another card though on paper it's not as even as the Japanese card. The main event sees unbeaten Flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng (8-0, 3), a former amateur standout, takes on the experienced Filipino Julius Alcos (20-10, 3). This is a big step up for Ruenroeng but one he is expected to make with out to many difficulties against the light punching Filipino.
This card also sees Rusalee Samor (19-4-2, 8) in action against Indonesian Sammy Haggler (15-14-2, 3) whilst Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (17-2, 12) takes on a yet to be announced opponent and Patomsith Pathompothong (1-0) takes on debutant Saifah Sithsaithong.
In international action Australian based Taiwanese born Yao Yi Ma (11-1, 7) looks to score his first victory in almost a year as he takes on Aussie based Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (17-16-2, 7). Although this is a none title bout Yao has claimed the IBF Pan Pacific Light Middleweight belt in the past. On the same card Thai journeyman Kosol Sor Vorapin (17-16-1, 11) looks to end a 4 fight skid as he takes on Terry TJ Doheny (4-0, 4).
We also get notable action in the US as Timur Shailezov (16-6-1, 3) from Kyrgyzstan takes on the unbeaten American Luis Yanez (6-0-1). Although Shailezov comes in on the back of 4 losses an upset here isn't actually out of the question for the 33 year old Southpaw from Bishkek.