Action heads back to Japan this coming Monday for a small, yet notable, show from Korakuen Hall. The main event features one of the most over-looked fighters in the country whilst another bout should see a new female national champion being crowned. Certainly not a big show, but one worthy of some attention.
The hidden gem on this card is Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 4), who's record is incredibly misleading. The 22 year old southpaw lost in the 2016 East Japan Rookie of the Year, and since then has suffered loss to Kai Chiba, Kenshin Oshima and Sho Ishida, with the Oshima and Ishida results both being very debatable. He looks to kick off his year with success as he takes on domestic veteran Naoto Fujimoto (12-10-1, 6). Fujimoto is also better than his record suggests but we suspect this will be a rather straight forward win for Sadatsune, who is likely to find himself in the title mix in the coming years. Don't be fooled by his record.
The title bout on this card will see Yumiko Shimooka (4-7, 1) and Yumi Narita (3-4-3, 1) battle for the vacant Japanese female Minimumweight title. For Shimooka this is her first bout in over 14 months, and she'll be looking to score just her second win in well over 3 years. Narita has been more active, fighting twice last year, but her last win came in July 2018, against Shimooka. Sadly this is the state of female domestic boxing in some weight classes in Japan, and although we're expecting a competitive bout we don't expect either of these two to be battling for major world honours any time soon. Our preview of this bout can be read here Shimooka and Narita to face off for Japanese female title