Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese shows during January tend to not be too big, and this coming Thursday is an example of just that, as Ichiriki put on a 8 bout show with each of the bouts being 4 rounders under the “Fresh Boy” banner.
As is probably expected, given the nature of the show, there aren't any big names on this card, with pretty much every fighter on the card being a novice. Despite the nature of the show there is one bout that stands out as being a little bit to the others on the show.
That one bout that feels a bit different will be a 4 rounder between Japanese ranked female fighters. In one corner will be JBC ranked Flyweight Nanae Yamaka (3-0, 1), who will be moving up in weight slightly, to take on fellow unbeaten Ai Sugimoto (2-0, 1), who is ranked at Bantamweight. Given the fact the two women fight at different weights this will be fought at a catchweight around 115.75lbs.
One other other fight that could be pretty interesting, mostly due to the fact we don’t see many Middleweight bouts in Japan, is a bout between 35 year old Mao Tameda (2-10-2) and 22 year old Naoya Mitsuhashi (1-1, 1). This doesn’t look great, but we always love seeing Japanese Middleweight fights as they tend to be very entertaining, even at the lowest levels, like this one.