For the second time inside a week we see the Japanese boxing world turn it's attention to the A class tournament as we get "Dangan 87" an 8 fight show with 3 bouts from various tournaments.
As far as we are aware the sole A class tournament bout will see Yosuke Fujihara (14-1, 4) fighting against Yuta Nakagawa (10-4-1, 6) in the Bantamweight division. For Fujihara this is a chance to build on a victory over Kenji Kubo though for Nakagawa, who has won just 1 of his last 4, he'll know he needs a result to stay relevant. This is one of those oddly wonderful match ups where a loss for either man really will hurt their career, at least for the foreseeable future.
There was originally a second A class tournament bout as Katsunori Nagamine (9-0, 6) was set to fight Yota Hori (9-2-2, 6) in a Flyweight bout. Unfortunately this bout has since been cancelled.
As well as the remaining A class tournament bout we have two other bouts scheduled for 6. One of those will see Ryoichi Tamura (0-1) taking on Keigo Soma (5-8-1, 2) as Tamura searches for his first victory, whilst the the other will see Takuya Fujii (5-4, 1) fighting Kazuki Kobayashi (4-5) in a bout between two men with very similar records.
As well as the three bouts scheduled for 6 rounds we also have a quintet of bouts scheduled for just 4 rounds.
These bouts, and the show it's self, kicks off with an all debutant contest between Takehiro Kojima (0-0) and Nunotani Masashi (0-0). These two men are the only debutants on the card.
Following the all debutant contest we then get two more non-tournament bouts. These will see Kotaro Sasa (1-2) fighting Yuya Nagayoshi (2-5, 1) and Yudai Hata (1-1) fighting Ryota Harukawa (1-1). Neither of these bouts look great on paper but both should be competitive.
As well as the A class tournament there are also two bouts from a C class tournament. The first of these, to take place at Super Flyweight will see Kazuto Nakane (1-0, 1) fighting Kazuma Ishikura (1-1), this will be followed immediately by the second C class tournament bout which will be at Super Featherweight. In the Super Featherweight clash Tateo Saito (2-0) will fight Yutaka Ekawa (1-2-1) in what will be the final 4 round bout before we move on to the 6 round contests.
As well the show in Japan there is also a show in Yemen. It may come as no surprise at all that the headline fight here will be unbeaten KO machine Ali Raymi (18-0, 18) who seeks his 19th straight opening round stoppage. Raymi, seeking to tie a world record, will face the unbeaten Ali Salem (10-0, 2). If Raymi stops Salem inside a round he will tie the 19 opening round stoppages recorded by Tyrone Brunson between 2005 and 2008.
Alongside the Raymi/Salem bout will be a Cruiserweight contest between Faisal Fittini (3-0, 3) and Khaled Abdusalam (1-0). We expect this to last a bit longer than the Raymi fight, though maybe not get the headlines of the main event.
Although there is notable cards in Japan pretty much every day this week the one that stands out as being the most interesting one is with out a doubt Thursday's card at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, dubbed "Kamikaze 2" is headlined by an historic bout between Kyotaro Fujimoto (6-1, 4) and Okello Peter (21-6, 19) as the two men battle out for the Japanese Heavyweight title. This promises to be an explosive contest and whilst Kyotaro will be the favourite he'll need to be wary of Peters power. This will be the first time the Japanese Heavyweight title has been fought for since 1957.
The Kyotaro/Peter bout is one of two Heavyweight contests on the show. The other sees the promising Rio Hidaka (10-1, 8) looking to bounce back from his sole loss as he takes on Masataka Takehara (7-8-3, 3). Hidaka was hugely disappointing last time out, losing to Gregory Tony, but he can be fun to watch so this bout, like the main event could end up being very explosive.
It's not only the Heavyweight action that promises explosions but also a contest at Lightweight that sees Masayoshi Nakatani (5-0, 4) sharing a ring with Shuhei Tsuchiya (14-1, 12). This is a big step up Nakatani who has looked very good so far and with Tsuchiya coming in to the bout on the back of his sole loss he'll likely be looking to get back to winning ways in what promises to be a very special contest.
We believe there are 3 other bouts on the card though only have details on two of them. In those bouts we're expecting to see Yusuke Sakashita (8-4-2, 5) taking on Ryu Onigashima (12-6, 7) and the hard matched Kenji Kubo (2-1) facing off with Yosuke Fujihara (13-1, 4). We'd be shocked if those bouts didn't help complete one of the best "lower level cards" in a very long time.
Outside of Japan we also believe that the very promising Roman Zhailauov (8-0, 6) of Kazakhstan will be in action. We've yet to learn of the name of his opponent but the 19 year old does look like he's starting a very promising career.
There will also be action for Australian based Thai Singphayak Kokietgym (5-2, 4), AKA John Ford. The Thai will be looking to claim the Victoria State Light Welterweight title as he fights Qamil Balla (4-0-1, 3).