It seems that this is the weekend that just keeps on giving and on Sunday we get another 24 bouts in Japan spread across 3 shows.
We'll start by looking at the show in the Face Shinjuku, Tokyo. This show, put on by reason gym features 9 bouts with 6 of them being scheduled for 4 rounds, 2 being scheduled for 6 rounds and the other bout being scheduled for 8.
The first of the scheduled 4 rounders is believed to be at Minimumweight as the unbeaten Mikiko Muto (2-0) goes up against the much more experienced Mayumi Kubo (4-10-1). We're expecting Muto to continue his unbeaten here. Interestingly the second bout on the show, also one of the 4 rounders, is almost certain to see one man's unbeaten run come to an end as Wataru Yokoyama (1-0, 1) battles Takahiko Suzuki (1-0, 1). These two men, with identical records will be hoping they have the skills that matter despite being equally inexperienced.
Following the interesting looking battle of unbeaten men we then get a fight between men who have both suffered losses as Yuki Uchida (1-1) meets Shinnosuke Okada (1-3-2, 1) in the ring.
In the shows 4th bout we get the show's sole debutant as Yu Nakagawa (0-0) goes up against Abe Reiya (1-1). Nakagawa is one of just two debutants in action across Japan on Sunday and will be hoping he can get his career off to a winning start.
In the 5th contest on this show Yuji Awata (2-1, 1) will be fighting against Teppei Tsukamoto (2-3) in what looks to us like an interesting enough contest before Noboru Takahashi (3-3, 1) and Yutaka Horikoshi (4-3-1, 1) round out the 4 round contests.
The first of the 6 round contests will see Yoshihisa Yokota (5-9-1, 2) looking to upset Minoru Matsuo (5-2, 2). On paper this looks like an easy assignment for Matsuo though we think he may be given a tough day at the office. The other 6 rounder will have James Murashige (6-3-1, 3) battling against Hiroshi Abe (5-9, 4) in another bout that looks one-sided but we expect won't be.
The main event on this show sees Keita Nakano (9-8-3, 2) taking on Tonko Nakagawa (11-5-1, 4) in what is very much a C level main event. It is what is is though and it's not a show that will have you rushing to it, but if you're a fan you'll probably enjoy it.
Whilst one show is at the Face Shinjuku the other two cards run back-to-back at the IMP Hall in Osaka. The first of those is a 7 fight card from Dapeng, which has 3 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds, a sole 6 rounder and a trio of 8 round contests.
The first of the 4 rounders will see Noboru Osato (1-1-2, 1) up against Kazumasa Harunaga (1-2) in what, on papers, appears to be an evenly matched contest. The second sees the unbeaten Jin Katsue (1-0) trying to extend his winning run as he takes on Hiroshi Konoura (3-3) before Kishioka Yoshiaki (0-0) fights the unbeaten Takuma Hayashi (2-0, 2).
In the sole 6 rounder on this show we see winless Thai visitor
Eakkreenkrai Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-3) fighting against Hideo Mikan (5-5-1, 1). It'd be a shock if the Thai scored his first win in this one, but that's not to say it can't happen of course.
The first of the 8 rounders will see Light Flyweight action as Akiyoshi Kanazawa (10-2-3, 4) takes on Atsushi Aburada (7-5, 4) in what looks like a flat out mismatch in favour of Kanazawa. Unfortunately it's not just the one bout that looks like a mismatch but all 3 of the 8 round bouts as So Takenaka (18-7-2, 8) fights Shohei Kanemoto (8-6-1, 3) and Ryota Kajiki (21-8, 14) takes on Filipino visitor Cirilo Espino (19-12-3, 12).
The second IMP Hall show, promoted by Green Tsuda will be "The 22nd GT Carnival" and feature afurther 8 bouts. Of these 8 contests 6 of them are scheduled for 4 rounds whilst the remaining contests are 8 rounders.
This show begins with a Super Flyweigth contest as the unbeaten Yuki Nagashima (3-0, 1) battles the win-less Kazuki Kimura (0-1). Following this bout we move down to the Minimumweight division as Takeshi Nakayama (2-4-2, 1) takes on Shota Fujii (1-9). Although Fujii does look to be a career loser we do expect he'll put up a good fight as he seeks a second career victory, if nothing else his pride is likely to kick in.
The 3rd bout, up at Lightweight, will feature Ryota Yada (2-2, 2) taking on Toru Kageyama (3-4, 2) in what could turn out to be an explosive encounter. That contest will be followed by the best looking undercard bout on the show as Takaaki Kanai (2-0, 1) takes on Hikaru Matsumine (2-0) in an all unbeaten clash.
Oddly we go from an all-unbeaten clash to a win-less clash with Michitaka Muto (0-0-1) fighting Takehiro Tode (0-2) in a disppointing looking bout, thankfully it signals that we're getting to the end of the 4 rounders. The final 4 round bout sees Takahiko Nakajima (2-3-1) up against Hisashi Kawanishi (3-5). Again this is a low level bout, but it's the final one before we move on to the two main evets.
Unfortunately if you were disappointed by the 4 rounders you won't be pleased by the first of the 2 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds. That contest will feature Shun Ishibashi (8-14-1, 3) looking to over-come Ryuji Miyazaki (11-7-3, 4). This Super Bantamweight bout could be entertaining but in all honesty it doesn't look it on paper. Neither guy is a big puncher and neither guy looks like to be going places in the future.
The final bout is the most interesting as recent Japanese Bantamweight title challenger Satoshi Niwa (15-16-3, 2) fights the hard hitting Kiron Omura (11-3, 9). Both men come in to this bout on the back of stoppages losses and both will be looking to re-establish themsevles with a win. This may just about save a really poor show, if we're lucky.
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