Sun Rise Park Gym, Saga, Saga, Japan
The Rookie of the Year continues this coming Sunday with an event from Saga as part of the Western Japan Rookie of the Year. The show here has only had 4 bouts planned for it and unsurprisingly none of the fighters are particularly experienced.
On paper the most interesting clash is one between Hiroki Kinjo (4-0, 3) and Shoki Yamauchi (0-1), who clash at Bantamweight. Kinjo turns 22 just days before this fight and is looking to build on a very positive start to his professional career. He debuted in December 2018 and has scored all 4 of his wins in a combined 10 rounds. Kinjo will clearly by the favourite but Yamauchi is certainly not going to be there to just make up the numbers and lost a very close decision on his debut, just over a year ago.
In a Light Flyweight clash we'll get Asahi Noborikawa (0-2) facing off with Nozomu Wakiyama (1-1). The 22 year old Noborikawa debuted last June, with a decision loss, and was stopped in December. Aged 20 Wakiyama would likely be the slight favourite, though he lost last time out as well, and has been out of the ring for almost a year.
The other two bouts will both be at Featherweight. One sees Majisuka Kosaka (4-2-1, 3) clashing with 36 year old debutant Kohei Suzuki (0-0) in an all southpaw bout whilst the other matches Takayoshi Kurokawa (1-2-1, 1) with the debuting Misaki Hirano (0-0).