EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
The most notable show this coming takes place in Osaka, as Green Tsuda put on a very interesting card featuring a number of promising young prospects.
The most notable bout on the card will see 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Kudaka (27-19-4, 11) take on the fast rising, and very promising Ryusei Kawaura (9-0, 6), in what is a huge step up in class for Kawaura. The 36 year old Kudaka has a staggering 50 bouts to his name, including bouts against the likes of Takefumi Sakata, Denkaosan Kaovichit, Hugo Fidel Cazares, Oleydong Sithsamerchai, Sonny Boy Jaro and Andres Omar Narvaez and whilst he has come up short at world level he is an experience, exciting and tough warrior who always gives his all. Kawaura on the other hand is a skilled boxer-mover, who has been developed under the eye of former world champion Hiroshi Kawashima, who sees Kawaura as his successor. This will be the pressure and aggression of Kudaka against the boxing, movement and defensive skills of Kawaura.
Former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Takayuki Okumoto (24-10-4, 11) will serve as a major test as he takes on takes on talented youngster Jukiya Iimura (2-0, 1), who is taking a huge leap up in class. The 30 year old Okumoto won the Japanese title in 2018, when he beat the aforementioned Kudaka, and made 3 defenses before losing the belt in late 2019. Since losing the title he hasn't looked particularly good, but he'll feel his experience will be the difference maker here. Iimura has impressed since turning professional, and was a very talented amateur, but this is a massive leap up in class for a 23 year old in just his third professional bout. Saying that however, if Iimura wins he could find himself in the domestic title picture next year.
The third bout of interest on this card will see unbeaten fighters collide as Takafumi Shibata (1-0) takes on Reiji Kodama (3-0, 1). Shibata was a former amateur standout, who is tipped for big things in the coming years, however there are question marks about his power and his size, especially at 140lbs which seems likely to be the weigh he's competing at going forward. Kodama on the other hand turned professional without much fan fare and scored a very solid win over the debuting Shota Fukumori in August, with Fukumori having been a good amateur. This is a great chance for Kodama to get his second win over a decent or a chance for Shibata to show what he can do against someone who has shown himself to be a very capable fighter.
Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India
As well as the action in Japan there will also be two cards in India. One of those takes place in Hyderbad and is the more notable of the two, though is a show that is rescheduled from November 28th
That main event will see unbeaten Indian hopeful Karthik Sathish Kumar (7-0, 3) look to win the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Lightweight title as he takes on Indonesian veteran Hero Tito (29-15-2, 11), who will be having his 47th bout. Kumar will be favoured, after all he's at home, he's unbeaten and he's the younger man, though this is a massive leap up in class for him, and his competition so far has been novices and very limited fighters. Tito on the other hand is no world beater, but he can notch the odd upset, as we saw in April when he beat countryman Hebi Marapu. If Tito is hungry he could well pick up his 30th professional win here, and score 3 wins in a row for the first time since 2013!
KLVSP Boxing Hall, Pune, India
The second Indian card comes from Pune, and is a show that is set to feature 8 bouts in total, with 12 of the fighters on the show being debutants. Sadly little really is known about any of the fighters on this card, though all the bouts on it are 4 rounders.