EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
In Osaka we'll see a Shinsei promoted show, featuring all female bouts, something that they have done numerous times over the last few years. This one is particularly notable as it's set to be a triple header, with three title fights in total, two Japanese title fights and a regional title fight.
The regional title fight will see veteran fighter Yuko Henzan (8-11-4, 2) take on professional novice Aka Ringo (2-0, 1), who battle for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Female Bantamweight title. The 27 year old Ringo only made her debut in April 2021 and her rise to title fights has been incredibly rapid, with a win over Henzan likely putting her on the verge of a world title fight. As for Henzan, she comes into this bout on the back of 4 straight losses, but gets a big chance to quieten a promising prospect and claim her second professional title, adding the WBO title to the OPBF title she won back in 2018 and vacated soon afterwards. Our preview of this one can be read here Ringo and Henzan face off for WBO regional throne
Staying at Bantamweight we'll also see the Japanese female Bantamweight champion Kanako Taniyama (4-1-1, 1) making her first defense, as she takes on Miki Mitsuda (5-7, 4), in a rematch between two women who clashed in a very close bout in 2020. The talented Taniyama won the title last June, in her 3rd shot at the belt, with a technical decision over Yuko Henzan, but sadly her career taken off in the way her and her team would have expected. In fact she's sadly not looked quite settled as a professional, despite being a very good kick boxer. As for Mitsuda this will be her first shot at a Bantamweight title, though she is a former Japanese female Featherweight champion and will likely feel her size and strength could be a difference maker here, especially given how close she pushed Taniyama in their first bout. Our in depth preview for this fight can be read here Taniyama seeks first defense as she takes on hard hitting Mitsuda
The second national title fight will see Kaoru Iga (5-2-1) and Natsuki Tarui (4-8-2) battle for the vacant Japanese Atomweight title. For Iga this will be her second title fight, following a loss in an OPBF female Light Flyweight title fight in 2021, and the 29 year old enters as the #1 ranked contender for the vacant title. She may have come up short in her previous title bout, but that will certainly be a loss that will give her confidence coming into this bout, especially given the fact this is her natural weight. As for Tarui the 30 year old will be getting her second shot at this very title, and despite losing her last two bouts, she has been competitive in a number of her losses. Tarui will go in as the under-dog but is a very, very live under-dog in this one. Our preview for this bout can be read here Iga and Tarui battle for vacant Japanese title
For a second successive day we get notable action featuring Asian fighters, including a world title fight, a Japanese female title fight and a card from Korea.
Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Both of the Japanese cards come from the same venue in Sakai, with the first being a pretty notable one, as it will only feature female fighters, and will be streamed live on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
Sadly with it being a female only card it's not a particularly deep or stacked card, but is does have a couple of bouts of note on it. The first of those noteworthy bouts will see Sumire Yamanaka (1-0) take on the debuting Natsuki Yamada (0-0). Whilst neither of these fighters are big names, by any stretch, there is plenty of quiet expectation on the shoulders of the 19 year old Yamanaka. She is the younger sister of former world champion Ryuya Yamanaka and some suggest she could follow in her brother's footsteps and become a world champion in the future. We don't know much about Yamada but we do know she's a naturally taller and older fighter than Yamanaka, and should be able to at least ask some questions of the teenager.
The main event of this card will see Japanese Atomweight champion Kaori Nagai (5-2-3, 2) defending her belt for the first time and taking on Natsuki Tarui (4-6-2). The 31 year old champion won the belt last July, when she defeated veteran Momoko Kanda for the second time, and is riding an impressive 8 bout unbeaten run, following back to back losses at the start of her career. She's not the most talented fighter out there, but she's got under rated skills, sets a good tempo and has got the tools to be successful at Japanese and OPBF level. Tarui on the other hand is 29 years old and seems to be coming in to her own after 4 straight losses to begin her career. She's not oozing world class potential, but she's worked hard, earned a shot at the Japanese title, and is a very live challenger. This could end up being a very, very good fight over 6 competitive rounds. Our preview of this one can be read here Nagai takes on Tarui in first Japanese title defense!
Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
The second card from the Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center is also set to get a live stream courtesy of the Boxing Real YouTube channel and is a more interesting card, at least on paper, than the all female show.
One of the interesting bouts here will see Aoba Mori (6-2-1) and Keisuke Iwasaki (5-2-1, 1) clash for the second time. These two fought last July, fighting to a 6 round draw, and proved to be incredibly well matched. Given their first bout this is one to look forward if you can make it to the venue. The two men are unlikely to mix it at domestic title level, but they will make for some entertaining bouts at the lower levels of the domestic scene, in fact their first was solid. Since their first bout Mori has been inactive whilst Iwasaki scored a notable win over the hard hitting Mammoth Kazunori, giving him a bit of momentum coming in to this one.
Another noteworthy under-card bout on this show will see Daiki Tomita (15-2, 5) take on Shota Asami (8-7, 4). The talented 23 year old Tomita has promised a lot, but lost his two most notable bouts, losing to Tsubasa Koura in 2018 and Kenichi Horikawa last year. He has a lot of potential, but we suspect needs to be given time to mature physically. In Asami we have someone who has struggled for form, in fact Asamai has lost 2 of his last 3 and 5 of his last 9, but he's someone who can dig in and score upsets, as he did last year against Sho Omote. This looks like a mismatch on paper, but Asami is very much a live under-dog, and the naturally bigger guy.
The main event of this show will see WBO female Light Flyweight champion Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) looking to defend her title against fellow Japanese fighter Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3). Tsunami won this title back in March 2018 and has defended it twice so far, whilst also dipping her toes into the Flyweight division. The 36 year old champion is a stalwart for Japanese boxing and has proven herself as a tough, hard working and criminally under-rated fighter, though sooner or later father time will catch up with her, especially given the tough bouts she's had over the years. Ogata on the other hand is an easy to over-look challenger who lost 5 of her first 6 before going 10-1-1 and winning the WBA Asia, WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF titles. She is a very, very live challenger and has developed so much in recent years under the guidance of Nobuhiro Ishida. The champion should be the favourite, but Ogata is a genuinely solid contender, despite her record. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Ogata challenges WBO queen Tsunami
The Won Boxing Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Over in South Korea we'll be getting a low profile card from the Won Promotion. This show really isn't a big one at all, but the main event is a very evenly matched bout between Dong Ho Geum (5-3-2, 3) and In Soo Jang (5-3-1), who battle for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Bantamweight title. The 27 year old Geum is riding a 3 fight winning streak into this, and is actually 5-1 in his last 6 bouts, after a bizarre 0-2-2 start to his career. Jang on the other hand started his career will, going unbeaten in his first 3 bouts, but since then has gone 3-3, and lost his last 2 bouts. He needs a win, but has no momentum coming in to this and is more than 2 years removed from his last win. We're expecting a really fun fight here but one that, in the grand scheme of things, won't really matter despite the WBC regional title.