The early highlight of the week is with out a doubt in Japan on Wednesday as the Kameda Bros. put on an excellent show featuring 3 world title bouts in Osaka.
The show's trio of headline bouts begins with Katsunari Takayama (25-6-0-1, 10) defending his IBF Minimumweight title for the first time. The champion, fighting in Japan for the first time in over 4 years, will be taking on Filipino challenger Vergilio Silvano (17-2-1, 10) who will be putting up a 17 fight unbeaten streak. We've got to admit that this has "war" written all over it.
Interestingly a story coming from several sources is that if Takayama retains he will be travelling to China in April to unify with WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong, who retained his title on Saturday. A Takayama/Zhong fight would be a certified war and something we'd certainly love to see. We're not sure if Silvano, if he wins, will also be considering this possibility but we're fans of unification so we'd hope so.
The second of the main fights here will see Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18), the first ever Japanese fighter to win a WBO world title, defending his WBO Bantamweight title for the first time. Tomoki will be facing fellow unbeaten fighter Immanuel Naidjala (17-0-1, 11) of Namibia. Although Naidjala is unbeaten he was tested in a big way by Botswana's Lesley Sekotswe and we can't help but think that Tomoki will make this look very easy.
There are calls for Tomoki, if he wins, to face fellow Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka. Although it's unlikely that Tomoki will want that fight it's certainly a fight that fans are calling for and one that needs making if Tomoki is to be accepted as a genuine world champion by many.
The final of the three major bouts sees Daiki Kameda (29-3, 18) attempting to unify his IBF Super Flyweight title with the WBA title as he fights Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7) in what looks like a fantastic match up. Unfortunately however Solis was unable to make weight has been stripped has been stripped of the WBA belt, thankfully however Daiki can still unify the titles.
Interestingly this past weekend saw Zolani Tete stopping Juan Carlos Sanchez in 10 rounds. This has seen Tete instilled as the mandatory for the IBF title held by Daiki.
This same card will feature 4 other contests. The first of these will see Hiroshi Takagi (1-2) fighting against Hiroya Kojima (2-0, 2) in a Super Flyweight bout. This will be joined by a female bout which involves Honey Mae Bermoy (5-2, 5) fighting a Thai opponent.
This show also features two other bouts which are listed as preliminary contests, unfortunately we're not sure who will be in them.
As well as the Kameda show there is a second Japanese show. On this show,which is promoted by Hanagata Gym, the main event will see Saemi Hanagata (8-4-1, 3) fighting Yuko Kuroki (9-4, 5) for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
As well as the main event this show will feature 7 other contests. Of those 7 bouts 5 are scheduled for 4 rounds.
The other two bouts are both scheduled for 6 rounds. These will see Ryo Shirakawa (5-5-2, 2) fighting against Kazuki Matsuyama (6-5, 3), who has lost his last 3 bouts, and Tetsuya Koyama (5-4, 2) fighting against Takahiro Shibata (4-2-1, 1), who will be hoping to not suffer a third successive opening round KO loss.
For the 2nd successive day this week Japan hosts some notable bouts, this time at the Korakuen Hall courtesy of Ohashi Promotions.
The main event sees WBA female Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (14-5-1, 1) attempt to defend her belt for the second time. Miyao will be facing former rival Mari Ando (10-4, 5). This rematch between the two women sees Miyao facing the fighter she took the title from back in September 2012.
As well as the very exciting female world title bout we appeard to have an excellent undercard.
The most notable bout from the undercard sees young puncher Ryo Matsumoto (7-0, 7) taking a step up as he goes up against Takuya Miyamori (14-5-1, 2). Although Miyamori has been beaten several times he is durable and has only been stopped once, in his debut back in 2004 by the hard hitting Takeshi Hagiwara.
The experienced Toru Suzuki (23-3, 7) looks to rebuild his career after 2 losses in his last 3 fights. Suzuki will be facing Daisuke Furuhashi (13-5, 4) who has only won 3 of his last 7 bouts.
Hard hitting Lightweight Junpei Hara (11-5-2, 7) will be hoping to get his career back on the right tracks after going 2-3-1 in his last 6. Hara will be fighting the 22 year old Filipino "Bad Boy" Desson Cag-ong (13-8, 7) who is 0-2 in Japan (having been stopped by Takashi Miura in his most notable bout to date). This could be a pretty competitive match up in all honesty.
Also on the card is an 8 round female bout between recent world title challengers Yuko Kuroki (9-3, 5) and Saemi Hanagata (7-4-1, 3). Hanagata comes in to the bout winless in 3 bouts though they included a draw with Masae Akitaya and a loss to Momo Kosecki whilst Kuroki comes in following a lob sided decision loss to Etsuko Tada. This could well be the show stealer and act as a bit of a title eliminator.