This coming Tuesday attention turns to Osaka, where we see a small but notable Japanese card headlined by the son of a legend, taking on arguably his toughest test to date, and a former OPBF champion on a card that we suspect will be streamed live on ytv.
The main event will see the unbeaten Juiki Tatsuyoshi (12-0, 8), the son of the great Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, battle against the heavy handed Masayasu Nakamura (7-3-1, 6). Although not the natural talent his father was we've been impressed by Tatsuyoshi, who has carved out a promising career so far and shown progress from being a crude puncher into someone who could mix at domestic title level sooner, rather than later. Although Nakamura isn't very well known he has had some notable results, including a 2015 blow out against Ken Kodama and a win earlier this year against Tatsuya Takahashi. This should be an excellent test for Tatsuyoshi, and we may well see him given a bit of a chin check here.
Also in action here is former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (25-9-1, 8), who takes on Japanese foe Renji Ichimura (8-4, 7) in a good looking bout at Super Bantamweight. Although it feels like Gasca has been around forever he's still only 30, and there is plenty of time for him to return to the regional title scene, despite 3 losses to quality operators in his last 5 bouts. He's never been world class, but he's someone who could certainly be a banana skin on the regional title scene. Ichimura showed early promise, winning the 2015 Rookie of the Year, but is 2-2 since then, and has suffered stoppage losses to Ryoichi Tamura and Takuya Mizuno. At this point Ichimura needs a win, but will be the under-dog.