It's been a few days since we've had any fights but thankfully we're back under action this Monday as action returns to the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will be a rematch between the big hitting Koji Numata (21-7-2, 16) and the very tough Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-3, 6), with the men again trading blows for the vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The men, who collided in a great contest back in March, will be hoping to have a clear winner this time after their first contest ended in a draw, leaving the title vacant. If you're able to get to the Korakuen Hall we'd expect this fight to be just as exciting as their first contest was.
In the co-feature we're expecting to see Japanese Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (3-1, 3) battle Thailand's Petchdum Manopchaygym (0-2). On paper this is a mismatch, despite Fukumoto's loss 2 fights back, though our Japanese sources indicate that Petchdum actually has a record of 10-5-1 (2) and not 0-2. If the Japanese record is correct, and we do tend to doubt the records of Thai's on boxrec, it could be an interesting contest.
Another of the supporting bouts will see Cobra Suwa (13-11-2, 6) fighting against a Thai opponent, though we're not certain who.
The most interesting of the supporting bouts however will be the contest between Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) and the much more experienced Monico Laurente (24-11, 5). Suzuki is a very promising Super Flyweight who has a domestic ranking and heavy hands, he will however be giving up a a sizeable amount of experience to his Filipino foe. Interestingly Laurente is 0-7 outside of the Philippines and 0-5 in Japan, indicating that he doesn't doesn't travel well. He has also lost 3 of his last 4 and 4 of his last 6 indicating that his career may well be on a notable downslide.
The rest of this card is a trio of 4 rounders which will open the show.
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Mid-week boxing can often be disappointing with unimportant shows and mismatches being put on with little interest in really giving fans good value for money. This Tuesday however we get an excellent card with two OPBF title fights and some genuinely interesting looking action.
The card in total features 6 bouts and whilst the lowest cards on the show are nothing special much of the card does look very interesting.
One of the interesting undercard bouts sees Japanese Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (2-1, 2) attempting to bounce back from his first professional defeat. Fukumoto will be fighting Korean champion Kyung-Joon Ahn (6-2-1, 5). Although Ahn is 0-2 in Japan he is a big puncher and this will almost certainly be a shoot out with the first man to connect almost certainly being favoured to score a knockout.
Whilst the Middleweight clash looks like an exciting contest is really doesn't have the significance of the two title fights. The first of those will see former world title challenger Saemi Hanagata (8-4-2, 3) battling against the unbeaten Satomi Nishimura (6-0, 1) for the vacant OPBF Minimumweight title. The bout is a great one on paper and you could make a case for either woman winning though we do favour the more battled hardened Hanagata.
The second title fight, and the shows main event, is an equally as enticing bout as Koji Numata (21-7-1, 16) fights Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-2, 6) for the currently vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The title, given up by Charlie Ota, may not truly decide the best Light Middleweight in Asia but it should be a genuinely fantastic and highly competitive match up between very evenly matched fighters.
As far as we're aware this will be the days only card though it does look like one that is highly important to the Asian boxing world.
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