This coming Tuesday we'll see a really good card from Tokyo as Japanese and Korean fighters clash, and we get a female title fight featuring a fighter who has been put on the fast track.
The female title fight will see Japanese female Minimumweight champion Chie Higano (8-8-1, 2) defending her title against touted novice Mizuki Chimoto (1-0, 1), who looks to win a Japanese title fight in just her second bout. Chimoto was a former amateur standout who looked sensational on her debut and is clearly being pushed hard by her team at the Watanabe Gym. Higano is a nightmare to fight with her aggression and style, but she will enter as the under-dog against the talented upstart in what should be a very interesting match up. A full preview of this bout is available here Chimoto goes up against Higano in Japanese title fight!
The title bout is actually in the middle of the card, with the main event being the Japan Vs Korea bout that looks most likely to have fireworks. The match up in question will see unbeaten Korean teenager Jeong Han Cha (5-0, 5) take on Japanese puncher Takahiko Kobayashi (8-3, 6) in a bout at 140lbs. This has the potential to be a very exciting bout between two heavy handed, but flawed, young fighters who will be in the ring attempting to stop the other, rather than win a decision.
Another Korean teenager on the show will be In Soo Jang (5-1-1) who will battle former Japanese amateur standout Suzumi Takayama (1-0, 1), in what could be a very interesting match up. Jang is only 19 but already has a 6 round bout under his belt. Takayama on the other hand made his debut in February and is taking a clear step up in class here, though was a very accomplished fighter on the amateur scene.
Another Japanese novice on this card will be Ai Tomomatsu (0-0), a former amateur stand out who will be up against unbeaten Korean puncher Sang Geun Lee (6-0, 4). This is a baptism of fire for Tomomatsu, but a win will give his career a huge boost straight away and we wouldn't be surprised by him showing his amateur skills to shine here. Lee is dangerous, but Tomomatsu will be favoured.
One other interesting bout between fighters from the two countries will see Do Jin Lee (6-1-3) take on Mirai Naito (7-1, 3), the brother of OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito. On paper this looks like a really competitive bout, and although we don't expect thrilling fireworks this should still be a very compelling match up.
Paranaque City, Philippines
This coming Monday fans in the Philippines get a small card in Paranque City. Sadly, at the time of writing, details of the card are scarce with the show supposedly featuring 4 bouts.
The main event of this card will see Juan Miguel Elorde (27-1, 15) make his 4th defense of the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title, taking on Shohei Kawashima (17-2-2, 4) of Japan. Elorde, the grandson of the legendary Flash Elorde, is currently ranked #2 by the WBO and could find himself getting a world title fight sooner, rather than late, if he's successful here. Kawashima is a pretty good test for Elorde and in fact the Japanese fighter could be more than just a good challenger, he could be a real banana skin here for Elorde. Elorde is talented, but he hasn't beaten anyone as good as Kawashima, who gave a really good outing in Mexico against Cristian Mijares last time he fought outside of Japan. A fuller preview of this bout is available here Elorde and Kawashima battle for region title!
A second title bout on this show will see Casey Morton (7-1-3, 1) battle against Chie Higano (8-7-1, 2) in a contest for the WBO Asia Pacific female Flyweight title. On paper this looks like a mismatch, but Morton was shown up last time out, losing in China to the unheralded Jutamas Jitpong, and Higano could be capable of making things very tough for Morton.
Also on this card will be Juan Martin Elorde (23-2-1, 10), in a 6 round bout, against Indonesian Rengga Rengga (8-2, 2), in what should be little more than a confidence building return for Elorde, who hasn't fought since being stopped by Isa Chaniev in December 2017.
To end the month of October fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get a small card, headlined by a female title fight, and features a couple of 6 round bouts to support the main contest.
The main event will see Chie Higano (7-7, 2) take on Yumi Narita (3-2-2, 1) for the Japanese female Atomweight title. The more experienced Higano is a former world title challenger, having come up short against Momo Koseki for an Atomweight world title, and has mixed at a good level. Higano should be favoured but Narita can't be written off and she has avoided a loss in her last 3 bouts, and looks to be developing. On paper this is a poor match up, but we expect a very good and competitive contest as both fighters look to claim a the national title.
In a supporting 6 rounder fans will see 22 year old Yoshiki Tatsukami (4-4-1) take on Mirai Naito (5-1, 2), the brother of OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito. We suspect Naito will have more than enough to deal with Tatsukami but the once beaten member of the Naito family hasn't fought since November, when he was stopped in a 2017 Rookie of the Year bout.
Another supporting bout, and a pretty even looking one, will see Naoki Sakata (4-2-1, 3) battle Soreike Taichi (4-2, 3). Coming in to this Sakata has suffered back to back stoppage losses, following a 5 fight unbeaten run to begin his career, whilst Taichi will be fighting for just the second time since losing inside a round to Reiya Abe back in May 2014! Both guys can be hurt and this could turn into a shoot out!
Daejeon, South Korea
In Korea this coming Sunday fans will get a show with 4 different titles bouts on it, in what should be a pretty interesting card, even if the fighters are the most established, talented or proven.
The main event from the card will see Eun Hye Lee (10-1, 4) take on Japan's Chie Higano (7-6, 2) in a bout for the WIBA Flyweight title, with Lee looking to make her second defense of the title. The Korean 34 year old was really unlucky in her sole defeat, a razor thin majority loss to Nana Yoshikawa in Japan in 2016, and since then she has scored two wins. The visitor, who's last bout was fought at Atomweight, will be moving up in weight significantly for this bout, her first outside of Japan, and will clearly be the under-dog. Interestingly Higano has previously fought for a major world title, though was stopped in 4 rounds by Momo Koseki in a bout for he WBA Atomweight title.
The main supporting bout will be a Korean Heavyweight title bout, and will pit In Sung Oh (2-0-1) against Kyung Hak Lee (3-4-1, 1) for the vacant title. Aged 20 Oh is the younger man, but he only has 14 career rounds and at 5'11” he is a very small Heavyweight. Lee on the other hand is 36 and 25 rounds under his belt, though hasn't fought since August 2014 and hasn't scored a win in almost 7 years!
A Korean Featherweight title bout will see the hard hitting Jae Woo Lee (5-2, 4) take on Hyun Je Shin (8-6, 2). Lee made his debut in 2012 but took a break of more than 4 years away from the ring, before returning last year and taking his first decision win. Aged 23 Shin is the more experienced man, and is a former Korean Featherweight champion, and a 2-time Korean Super Flyweight title challenger, but is the naturally smaller fighter.
The remaining title bout will be a Korea Light Middleweight title bout between 37 year old Doo Hyup Kim (9-6-1, 5) and 28 year old Boo Hyun Baek (4-6-1, 1). Kim debuted back in 2004, as a 23 year old, but has seen his career move incredibly slowly due to the politics of Korean boxing, only fighting 4 times between 2004 and 2014. In recent years Kim has been busier but has been stopped in his last two bouts. As for Baek he debuted in 2011, and has also had his career slowed by a lack of activity, as well as a string of 5 straight losses between 2012 and 2016, he has how ever avoided defeat in his last two bouts and should be favoured here.