Boxing returns to Japan on Tuesday for normal, no-title action, as Misako Gym puts on a 9 fight show, “Misako Clan Meeting”, at the Korakuen Hall.
The show, which begins with novice Kazutaka Matsunishi (1-0) fighting against Akira Kokubo (1-3) in a Light Flyweight contest, will see four bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance. The second bout on the show will see win-less men colliding as Keigo Oshima (0-3) battles Mitsunari Takaboshi (0-3) who returns to the ring after more than 3 years out of the ring.
In the third contest on the show Takahiro Onjuku (1-2, 1) will be fighting an opponent with an identical record in the form of Taiyo Gunjima (1-2, 1). We believe that the final 4 rounder will see Yoshihiko Suzuki (0-2), ending a 6 year break from the ring. Unfortunately we're unsure who Suzuki will be fighting.
Following the 4rounder action turns up a notch as we move on to two scheduled 6 round contests. The first of these will see Takahiro Iida (4-2-1, 2) fighting against Seiji Watanabe (4-3-1, 2) in what looks to be an evenly matched contest. The second 6 rounder bout will see Shun Shimazaki (5-4, 1) looking for his fourth victory of the year as he takes on Kenta Toi (2-3).
Following the 6 rounders we then get to a trio of 8 rounders that make up the most interesting contests of the show.
The first of the 8 rounders will see Osamu Hashimoto (8-5, 1) taking on the limited but hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-5-2, 5). Ueno, who may lack a winning record, has lost his last 3 though has been competitive in most of his losses and in fact his record could well have read much better had he been with a notable promoter. Hashimoto will be favoured but this is a lot more interesting than it looks on paper.
In the second 8 rounder Satoshi Momota (9-8, 4) will be fighting the highly ranked Shamgar Koichi (16-5-1, 9). Koichi, ranked by the OPBF and the JBC, will be putting his rankings on the line here though in all honesty he should have far more than enough to defeat the limited but tough Momota who hasn't yet been stopped in his 17 fight career.
The main event, also over 8 rounds, will see former Japanese Super Flyweight challenger Yuki Fukumoto (15-7, 5) taking on Yusuke Sakashita (9-4-2, 5) in what looks on paper to be an easy test. Although Fukumoto has has lost a number of recent fights he really should have more than enough for Sakashita.
It's starting to seem liek the action just never stops in the east and whilst that's a great thing for boxing fans it's a lot of work to keep up.
This Tuesday sees action returning to the Korakuen Hall for an 8 bout show promoted by Misako promotions.
The show kicks off with a 4 round bout at Super Flyweight as Takahiro Iida (3-2-1, 2) faces Hokuto Sakata (2-2-1, 1). Iida comes in to this bout winless in 3 contests whilst Sakata is 1-1-1 in his last 3, possibly giving him a slight edge.
The show is then expected to have a 4 round bout at Sper Bantamweight. We think, though aren't sure, that this bout will see Masanori Oshima (2-6-5, 2) taking on Ryosuke Ota (0-4). Of course with records like this it's doubtful that the bout will have too much interest though it could be Ota's best chance at recording a victory.
The first of the shows 3 contests scheduled for 6 rounds sees Yusuke Konno (6-1, 2) looking for his second victory of the year. Konno will be facing the limited but hard hitting Kai Zama (6-6, 4) who enters on the back of 1 win in his last 6 contests.
At Light Middleweight Norimitsu Ebine (8-6-1, 5) returns from a 3 year break to fight Shiro Saito (5-3-1, 2). Although Ebine is a solid puncher himself he is winless since 2007 and has lost his last 4 bouts, with this in mind Saito has to be favoured, despite him losing his most recent bout.
The third, and final, 6 round bout on the show sees Mitsumasa Takahashi (7-4, 2) looking to end a run of 1 win in his last 5 as he faces the hard hitting Yudai Ueno (6-4-2, 5). Ueno has lost his last 2 bouts though hs is 4-2-2 (3) in the last 3 years.
The first of the shows 3 bouts scheduled for 8 round sees the faltering Yohei Tobe (5-1-1, 3) attempt to resurrect his career. A year ago Tobe looked to be a star in the making though a loss to Ryo Akaho and a draw with Richard Pumicpic have seen some questioning his potential. Tobe will be looking for his second win since those back-to-back set backs as he takes on Ken Achiwa (8-9-2, 2) who has gone 3-8-1 in his last 12 bouts and should be little more than fodder for Tobe.
At Welterweight Koshinmaru Saito (18-5-1, 10) takes on Shusaku Fujinaka (9-2-2, 6) in arguably the cards most promising bout on paper. Saito is ranked #3 in Japan at 147lbs though has lost 2 of his last 3 bouts whilst Fujinaka is 6-1-1 (4) in his last 8 contest, albeit at a much lower level than what Saito has been competing at.
The final bout on the show sees Filipino Cris Paulino (10-1, 3) taking on the #5 ranked Japanese Flyweight Yuki Fukumoto (15-6, 5). Although highly ranked in Japan Fukumoto was no match for his last Filipino opponent Silvester Lopez who stopped him in 4. Although Paulino enters on the back of a loss to Ardin Diale he is unbeaten in 8 round contests and against Japanese opponents so should be favoured here in what looks like a worthwhile main event.