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.
This coming Friday is a really disappointing day in many ways as it's the first time this year, and the first time in a very long time, where we've been able to say there's a PPV in Japan. Thankfully however we suspect the promoter knows there won't be much demand for and that the numbers will be embarrassing. With that in mind lets look at the action.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
So the PPV comes from Korakuen Hall where Kawasaki Nitta put on a show featuring 5 bouts, headlined by a Japanese female title fight, with one of the other bouts of note being the debut of a promising former amateur.
The main event of this card will see Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) battle against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2), with Miyoshi looking to defend the JBC female Featherweight title for the second time. The 36 year old veteran has been a servant of Japanese female boxing and it's nice to see her having a run at the top of the domestic scene, but with the rise of global female boxing it's hard to see her getting another world title fight, win or lose here. As for Wakasa she began her career 6-0 and has struggled when she's fought at title level. This will be the challenger's third title fight, and we suspect it will also be her third loss at title level. Regardless we do expect this to be a pretty fun bout for those in the venue. Our in depth preview of this fight is available here Japanese champion Miyoshi clashes with Wakasa
In a supporting bout we'll see Mao Kawanishi (6-4, 2) clash with Katsunori Imai (6-12-3, 1) in an 8 rounder. Coming in to this Kawanishi will be the favourite, though he is 3-3 in his last 6 and has struggled for form in recent years. As for Imai he is 1-7-2 in his last 10 and it's hard to imagine him picking up a victory here. Despite that he is better than his record suggests and we do expect him to at least give Kawanishi something to think about.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this show will be the debut of Junki Shirasaki (0-0), who kicks his career off with a 6 rounder against Yuma Omine (0-2). As an amateur Shirasaki went 33-25 (3) and came 5th in a national Athletic meet, suggesting there is talent there, but probably not enough to make a mark above domestic level. Interestingly Omine was a pretty decent amateur domestically himself, going 32-16, and may well see this as his chance to pick up his first victory. One of those rare cases of paying much attention to the records, and just enjoying what should a very solid and competitive bout.
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Over in the UK British based Afghan born fighter Quaise Khademi (8-0, 2) will be looking to extend his perfect record as he takes on Ijaz Ahmed (7-2). The unbeaten Khademi will not just be looking to keep his perfect start going but will also be hoping to record his first defense of the WBO European Super Flyweight title and claim an IBF European title. Despite being unbeaten he is somewhat untested and, on paper, this looks like one of his toughest bouts to date. Ahmed on the other hand is a former British Midlands champion who gave the touted Harvey Horn all he could handle last year. This could end up being a genuine banana skin for Khademi if he's not careful.