The action in Japan just keeps coming this week with another on Wednesday courtesy at the Korakuen Hall.
The show begins with 5 contests scheduled for 4 rounds. Unfortunately we've failed to identify the men involved in the first 2 contests.
Despite being unable to name the men involved in the first 2 bouts we do know that the third bout will see Katsuya Abe (1-3) fighting against Hiroomi Miyauchi (1-3) in what appears to be a very evenly matched contest. The Abe/Hiroomi bout will be followed by a contest between Naoki Inaba (1-1) and Shinki Yamazaki (1-3) before the final 4 rounder which will see Kenji Fujiyama (3-2, 2) up against Kyohei Tsunashima (3-3, 3).
Following the 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds we then get 4 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. These will start with Filipino Randy Megrino (14-15-2, 8) fighting against fellow Filipino Ricky Sismundo (20-7-1, 10). Sismundo, also known as Mondo Harada is based in Japan, unlike his counterpart so will probably be favoured here if it's close.
The second of the 8 rounders sees another Filipino in action as Jilo Merlin (13-18-2, 2) takes on Japan's very own Akinori Hoshino (10-5-1, 7) in what looks like a bout that could test Hoshino's mental resolve even though Merlin is limited.
In the show's 7th contest we see Kentaro Masuda (17-6, 9), who is highly ranked by the JBC, taking on Yusuke Tachikawa (9-3-1, 3) in what appears to be a mismatch on paper. Although the records of the two men are vastly different it is worth noting that this bout will be at Super Bantamweight, a weight where Tachikawa is 4-0 (2), possibly giving him an advantage.
The shows final bout also looks a bit like a mismatch as the hard hitting and highly ranked Koji Numata (20-7-1, 15) takes on the once beaten Ryo Okayama (8-1, 5). Numata, who is ranked by both the JBC and the OPBF, is a former Japanese Welterweight champion and although he was stopped last time out by Charlie Ota he'll be expected to win here against Okayama who is taking a big step up.
As well as the action in Japan there is also a show in Australia featuring a number of Asian fighters. These will see Indonesian Erick Diaz Siregar (16-19-4, 4) taking on the unbeaten Brayd Smith (7-0, 6) in what looks a very tough assignment. Unfortunately Siregar has the easiest of the 3 assignments with Thailand's Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-29, 4) taking on Cameron Hammond (5-0, 3) and Dechapon Suwunnalird (6-25, 2), also of Thailand, taking on the exceptionally promising Damien Hooper (5-0, 5).
It'd be a shock if any of the Asian's on the Australia card won, though it'd also be a shock if any of them won more than a few rounds aganst the trio of very good u