Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
April is set to be a very busy month for Asian fight fans, and it all kicks off at Korakuen Hall on April 1st thanks to a show from former world champion Hideki Todaka, who is co-promoting the show with Nitta gym. It's not a big show by any stretch, but there is an interesting main event and under-card bout featuring a friend of the site!
The main event will see former title challenger Ryo Hino (13-2-2, 8) return to the ring for the first time in well over a year as he takes on Ryukyu Oho (7-4, 4). The 30 year old Hino was last seen in the ring in December 2019, when he came up short Ryo Sagawa in a bout for the Japanese Feather, and was sadly out of the ring last year as Covid19 decimated Japanese boxing. Although not the best fighter out there he is a very capable boxer and comes into this bout with rankings from both the OPBF and the JBC. Oho on the other hand is a man struggling for form, going 2-3 in his last 5, but the 25 year old will know that a win here will put him in the mix for a domestic title fight.
The main support bout will see Caliente Koyasu (3-2, 1) in action, in a 4 rounder, as he takes on Tomohiro Igarashi (2-1, 1). The 31 year old Koyasu is a charismatic and easy to like fighter who started his career with back to back wins but has struggled recently, losing 2 of his last 3. Igarashi began his career in 2019 and competed in the 2020 East Japan Rookie of the Year, where he ran into Tsubasa Narai. Coming in to this both men will be desperate for a win and they should make for a compelling 4 rounder.
One other bout worthy of note here is an all debutant bout between Ryota Shibuya (0-0) and Asato Sato (0-0). Whilst all debutant bouts are rarely big news they do tend to provide good action and we suspect this bout will be a very fun one between two youngsters. Shibuya is 19 years old and will be looking to end his teenage years with a win whilst Sato is slightly older at 23, regardless both are young fighters and both will be looking to begin their careers with a "W".