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.
After Sunday's amazingly busy schedule it's nice to see a relatively quiet Monday with just a sole card at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event of the show sees Welterweight puncher Toshio Arikawa (8-2, 7) who will be facing Yasuhiro Okawa (9-11-3, 3), Okawa will be ending a 2 year break from the ring and comes in on the back of successive defeats whilst Arikawa enters on a 5 fight winning streak.
The co-main feature is at Super Flyweight as Takayasu Kobayashi (16-6-3, 2) fights Shinichiro Morikawa (12-4-1, 8). On paper this looks a pretty nice match up but Kobayashi is now 34 and enters on 3 straight losses whilst Morikawa is 5-1 in his last 6.
As well as the two co-features, both scheduled for 8 rounds, the show features 3 bouts scheduled for 6.
These are expected to be Tomoyuki Omura (6-3, 3) facing Suguru Kamada (4-2, 4) in what looks like to be an enthralling Light Middleweight contest, Hideto Miyoshi (5-2-1, 4) taking on who we believe to be Ryuto Araya (5-0-1) and Sakagami Junpei (3-2-2, 3) looks to end a 3 fight winless streak as he battles Yuki Kimura (5-8, 4) who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
The show kicks off with a trio of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. Which begin with Shingo Kusanagi (1-1, 1) taking on Yudai Hata (0-1) in a Super Bantamweight contest. The second bout on the show sees Tatsuo Sakamoto (2-1-1, 2) fighting Kenji Akabane (2-5, 1). Akabane is winless in almost 4 years so shouldn't be seen as a big threat here. The final of the 4 round bouts sees Tomohiro Seo (3-5) facing Akagi Naoki (1-2-2, 1).