The first Asian card of the new week appears to be in Japan with a low level 10 fight show at the Abeno Ward Community Center,
The show kicks off with a bout between Joe Ryota (2-3, 1) and Takuya Yamamoto (1-1), this will see Ryota trying to end a 2 fight losing run and score his first win in some 16 months.
If Ryota's 16 months seems a long time to be winless then the show's second bout, which sees Hayato Yamaguchi (1-1, 1) taking on Tatsuya Sato (1-1, 1), sees a man who must feel like he hasn't had a win in an an eternity. In fact not only has it been a long time since Yamaguchi has scored a victory but it's been 3.5 years since he's even been in the ring.
Of course not everyone is looking for their first win in a while and the shows third bout sees the winless Masashi Wakita (0-1) battling the a ebutant, who we believe is Osamu Kazuki Tamotsu (0-0), however as with many debutants we may have gotten the wrong name here. Tamotsu isn't the only debutant on the card as Muto Michitaka (0-0) also kicks off his career, taking on Go Mitaka (0-3-1), Kitagawa Takaaki (0-0) fights Taiki Shimakawa (0-1) and Higashida Masahiro (0-0) battles Yuki Ono (1-0).
Spiltting up some of the debutant bouts is a contest between Yuki Nagashima (2-0, 1) and Hiroshi Konoura (3-2). This bout, scheduled to be the fifth bout on the show will come between then Michitaka/Mitaka and the Takaaki/Shimakawa bout.
In the final of the 8 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds Kohei Iwai (0-1-1) seeks his first professional victory taking on Kazuki Koyanagi (1-6).
Following the bouts scheduled for 4 we get a very well matched 6 round bout as Shigeki Suda (6-4, 1) fights Ryuto Maruo (5-4, 2) in what could be a compelling and highly competitive contest, even if it lacks any real explosiveness.
Although the 6 round chief support bout lacks explosiveness the 8 round main event could well have some explosive shots thrown as Yuki Kobayashi (6-2, 4) returns to the ring for the first time since being stopped by Kiron Omura back in April. Kobayashi battles Satoshi Ozawa (7-4-1, 2) in what should be the show stealer.
The most notable action today takes place in the Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka with 2 scheduled 8 rounds currently listed on boxrec as well as the US debut of unbeaten Chinese fighter Yang Lian Hui (11-0-0-1, 7).
Starting with the Osaka card it's actually hard to get excited about either of the bouts. In one of those we have Lightweight Ryo Nakajima (17-5, 10) facing journeyman Kosuke Iwashita (13-14-2, 7). For this bout it's hard to really give Iwashita any sort of a chance especially considering he comes in on the back of 4 straight losses whilst Nakajima enters on a 10 fight winning streak. Whilst Iwashita has faced the better opponents, including Prawet Singwancha and Takehiro Shimada he struggled to win rounds against the high level opponents.
The other fight on the card is a little bit more interesting as Super Bantamweight puncher Kiron Omura (10-2, 8) faces Yuki Kobayashi (6-1, 4). Omura will have to go in to this bout as the favourite but the 23 year old southpaw has been stopped in the past (he was blasted out by Takahiro Yamamoto in 2009) and may still be there to be stopped, he is however on a 3 fight winning streak. The 21 year old Kobayashi is on a 2 fight winning run since being upset by Yuichi Arai in June of last year, though both of his wins since then have come against the limited Masanori Oshima.
At the moment of writing Yang Lian Hui (AKA Ik Yang) hasn't been announced though we'd expect to see him in with a journeyman style opponent as he looks to make a name for himself in the states. The 28 year old Chinese fighter who is currently residing in South Korea is one of the most entertaining fighters in the world with a very fan friendly style which has been compared to American Emanuel Augustus and we'd expect the US audience to take to him very quickly thanks to his charisma and style.
Yang is scheduled to fight on the untelevised portion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" though we've our fingers crossed that a few early stoppages will see his bout given some air time as he's a fighter who could be "made for TV".