For the second successive day Japanese boxing fans have title action at the Korakuen Hall. Following the Ohashi promoted "46th Phoenix Battle", which included Ryuji Hara defending his Japanese Minimumweight title, we get "Hopeful Fight vol. 14" courtesy of Nitta Gym.
The show begins with an all debutant contest at a contracted weight of 64KG as Ryo Nakano (0-0) takes on, who we believe to be, Ryo Iwadate (0-0). This is will be the only bout on the card with any debutants involved.
The all debutant contest is one of 3 contests scheduled for 4 rounds with the second of those bouts seeing Hayato Kai (1-0-1) putting his unbeaten record on the line against Takashi Hisano (1-3). The final of the short bouts sees the win-less Isami Kimoto (0-2) fighting fellow win-less fighter Watanabe Motoharu (0-1).
The first of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds sees the #8 ranked Japanese Featherweight Daisuke Furuhashi (14-5, 5) battling fellow Japanese fighter Masami Morisaki (8-9-1, 4). Interestingly Morisaki has won just 1 of his last 6 contests and really won't be favoured here against Furuhashi who will have thoughts of a Japanese title fight on his mind.
In the second of the 8 rounders the highly ranked Hikaru Nishida (8-6-1, 2), who is currently ranked #6 at Middleweight in Japan and #9 at Light Middleweight by the OPBF, takes on the somewhat fragile Go Nakahori (17-11-1, 8). With Nakahori having been stopped 10 times in his 11 losses it's not going to be much of a surprise if he's stopped again, even by the relatively light hitting Nishida.
The final 8 round bout, and the card's penultimate contest, is the show's sole title contest as Kimika Miyoshi (8-6-1, 3), the defending OPBF female Bantamweight champion, defends against her great rival Riyo Togo (10-5-1, 9). Togo, who has beaten Miyoshi in 2 of 4 previous contests, will be looking to avenge a split decision loss from February this year. Interestingly both women enter this contest on the back of lop sided decision losses in Mexico, though should put n a very competitive contest against each other.
In the show's final contest recent world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (21-4-2, 13) takes on the limited but tough Hyobu Nakagama (16-11-3, 11), a man who has been stopped just once in 30 contests. Alhough Kuroda was clearly beaten by Juan Carlos Reveco back in January his is still highly ranted with the IBF ranking him at #14 in the world at Flyweight and will be looking to re-establish himself as a world title challenger. His world ranking however will be on the line as he takes on the #5 ranked Japanese fighter, and a man who has shared a ring with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Oleydong Sithsamerchai. This could well prove to be more interesting in the ring than it looks on paper.