Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Thursday attention returns to Korakuen Hall for a small, yet relatively notable, card with a Japanese female title bout and a bout between touted novices, each looking to move their respective careers forward.
The title fight will see Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi (16-13-1, 6) defending her title against the once beaten Akane Fujiwara (5-1, 2). Aged 38 Miyoshi has certainly a long career, with 30 bouts over her 14 year career. Sadly though she has very much been inconsistent with wins and losses scattered fairly evenly through her career. Coming in to this bout she's enjoying her second reign as the champion and will be looking to make her first defense since reclaiming the title this past February. As for Fujiwara she's rebuilt well after a loss on her debut, and comes into the bout on the back of 5 straight wins, though they have all come against novices and it's hard to read too much into her results so far. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Japanese champion Miyoshi takes on Fujiwara!
In a really interesting support bout Junki Shirasaki (1-0) will take on Yudai Murakami (1-1). As an amateur Shirasaki came 5th in the national championships and turned professional with a lot of expectations on his shoulders, though had sadly has his career curtailed by the pandemic and he has been out of the ring since his debut in November 2020. There is real skill her, but a lot of lost time and the 29 year old now needs to make a move and get his career under way, properly. As for Murakami he looked good in his debut, and moved into 6 rounders last time, but was surprisingly stopped by Yudai Yakabu last December. We expect a high level of skill on show here, with both being well schooled amateurs before turning professional, and although not likely to be a war it should be a very interesting match up.