For the second successive day we have domestic action in Japan, this time at Korakuen Hall courtesy of Miyata Boxing Gym.
The show opens with a pair of bouts scheduled for 4 rounds as Shogo Yonenaga (1-1, 1) takes on Daichi Ushiki (1-4) and Hyuma Fujioka (3-2) battles Toru Kudo (3-2-1, 1). Whilst neither of these bouts will get the heart racing they are both decent enough to open a show and should be competitive, especially Fujioka/Kudo.
The sole 6 round bout on the show sees Hiroyuki Sagehashi (6-5-2) in action against Mitsuhisa Hayashi (4-3, 3) in another bout that we would expect to be competitive even if neither fighter will ever be expected to reach the top of the sport.
After the 6 round bout the show has 4 bouts scheduled for the 8 round distance.
The first of 8 round bouts sees a very one-sided looking bout as Kaname Tabei (10-6-2, 7) fights Yusaku Ishikawa (3-4), it's going to be very much an up hill battle for Ishikawa.
The second of these will see the promising Nobuyuki Shindo (13-2, 4) in action. The 6'1" south paw is expected to face a Thai opponent, though unfortunately we're unsure on who the opponent will be.
In the third of the 8 round bouts we get the most notable name on the card, Takuya Kogawa (21-2, 12) in action. The former world title challenger and current Japanese national champion will be expected to pick a very easy win as he takes on the mismatched Thai Petchkrapee Sithsaithong (0-5). We don't really see much merit in this match up other than to keep Kogawa busy as he's been inactive since February.
The main event sees veteran Kazuyoshi Kumano (25-12, 6) in against the much younger Yusuke Konno (7-1, 3). Konno will know that whilst he's the less experienced of the two he's also the younger and bigger fighter and will also be aware that a win here could help him get some more traction in his own promising career.
Sure this is an amazing card hit it's a decent enough show, despite the mismatch in the Kogawa fight which is hopefully a biding time bout before Kogawa gets another world title fight.
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.