Japanese attention turns to Osaka this coming Friday where we get a domestic title fight and a couple of supporting bouts between Japanese and Korean fighters.
The Japanese title fight will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (32-9-2, 19) make his 5th defense as he takes on 2016 Rookie of the Year winner Akihiro Toya (8-4, 1). This looks like a stay busy defense for the 34 year old champion, who is on the verge of a world title fight, but any sort of slip up here could end those dreams. At 23 years old Toya is still maturing, but a loss earlier this year to Takumi Sakae doesn't bode well for him against someone as talented as Hisada. A full preview of this bout can be found here Hisada defends Japanese crown against youngster Toya!
One of the supporting bouts will see Japan's Yuki Takahashi (8-3, 4) battle against Korean rankled visitor Hwan Young Jo (5-5, 1). Takahashi has been stopped in his last 2 bouts and hasn't shown too much promise coming into this, but he will be favoured given he is the home fighter and has the better looking record. Jo on the other hand challenged for the Korean Super Featherweight title back in July, and will be looking to bounce back from a loss in that bout.
Another Japan Vs Korea bout will see the limited but hard hitting 23 year old Shota Asami (6-5, 4) battle against Hyun Joo Lee (2-0). Asami began his career 4-2 (4) but hasn't scored a stoppage in his last 5 bouts, whilst going 2-3. Lee is ranked by the KBF but his record doesn't seem to be complete on boxrec, with the KBF listing him as being 5-1-1 (4). If the KBF record is complete then we could be in for a fun fight between punchers, though how good he actually is, is unclear.
There's also a show in Thailand this coming Friday
The big talking point is that WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (51-0, 18) will be on the card in a stay busy bout, taking on Indonesian foe Tyson Lahagu (2-9-1, 2). The contest is supposed to be a tune up for the Thai ahead of a potential world title defense at the end of the year, and will see him stretching his record 52-0 as he looks to further increase his unbeaten record.
Although Wanheng and his unbeaten record will get much of the attention it also seems like we'll see OPBF silver Minimumweight champion Panya Pradabsri (24-1, 13) defending his title against talented Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9), in a very good looking bout. This has the potential to be very exciting and very fun, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Alimento push the local all the way.
We'll see US based Tajik prospect Anvar Yunusov (5-0, 2) look to continue his rise through the ranks as he takes on Joshua Davis (11-3, 5). The unbeaten man debuted last year, in a match up against the experienced Justin Savi, and has been matched well so far, but this should be regarded as his best test to date. Davis has lost his last 2 bouts but at 27 he will have ambition to get his career back on track and should make for a compelling opponent for the Yusunov, who was a 3-time Olympian.
Johore Bahru, Malaysia
As well as the show in Japan there will also be a card in Malaysia.
One of the bouts on this card will see unbeaten local Adli Hafidz (3-0, 2) take on experienced Thai foe Yuttana Wongda (13-21, 9). The local fighter, aged 29, has been matched softly so far, and this should be considered as a step up in class, but a very manageable one. Yuttana has gone 2-10 in his last 12 bouts and we suspect he will come up short again here.
This coming Sunday isn't a hugely busy day, but there is some notable action on a relatively level.
The most notable card takes place in Osaka.
The main event of the card will see Japanese ranked Super Flyweight contender Ken Osato (11-1-1, 4) take on Sho Nagata (7-3, 2) in what looks like a pretty solid match up, but one that Osato should win as he looks to progress towards a Japanese title fight,potentially at some point in 2018.
In the chief support bout we'll see Japanese ranked Super Bantamweight Yuta Uetani (20-5-1, 10) take on a Thai visitor, in what should be a straight forward win for Uetani. A third bout of note will see Japanese and OPBF ranked Bantamweight Tenta Kiyose (12-2-1, 5) take on Rungniran Korat Sport School (5-12, 4), in another Japan Vs Thailand bout.
A second Japanese show will take place in Aichi, and is also headlined by a Japanese ranked fighter and features a Japan Vs Thailand bout in the chief support contest..
The Japanese ranked fighter here is Akihiro Toya (7-2, 1), a ranked Flyweight, who will be taking on domestic foe Hiroki Yajima (7-5-3, 3), in what could be a very competitive contest. The 8 rounder isn't going to set the world alight, but it should be a good, well matched, and competitive contest.
In the leading supporting bout we'll see Takashi Igarashi (10-3, 3) take on Thai visitor Adundet Saithonggym (0-1). Igarashi has won his last 3 and seems to be building a bit of career momentum, but is certainly being allowed to build his confidence before being stepped up too far.
As well as the action in Japan there is also a show planned for Azerbaijan. There are few details of this show, though we have been informed that Rauf Aghayev (21-6, 9) will be in action against a yet to be announced opponent.