EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
The big show this coming Saturday is in Osaka, where Nakazato Boxing Gym will be promoting a very good looking Japanese title double header, with both title bouts being genuinely good looking ones.
On paper the less competitive looking bout will see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kosuke Saka (21-6, 18) defending his belt against the criminally under-rated, but very much in form Kanehiro Nakagawa (11-6, 5). Saka won the title in 2019, in arguably the best performance of his career as he battered Masaru Sueyoshi into submission, and defended it 2021 with a destructive win over Takuya Watanabe, but lost in a regional title bout against Yoshimitsu Kimura at the end of last year, which could see his confidence being shattered coming in to this. Nakagawa has a very scruffy looking record, but he is 7-1 in his last 8 and has won his last 6, including notable victories over Seiichi Okada, Taiki Minamoto and Shinnosuke Hasegawa, and will be full of confidence here, in the biggest opportunity of his career. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Japanese champion Saka faces Nakagawa!
The other title fight will see veterans collide as Hiroyuki Kudaka (28-18-4, 11) faces Kenta Nakagawa (20-4-1, 12) for the Japanese Super Flyweight title, which was vacated by Ryoji Fukunaga. For both men it feels like a must win bout. Aged 37 Kudaka is a true veteran, a 4 time world title challenger and a former 1-time Japanese national champion who has had a thrilling career, with an exciting style, and some really memorable nights. Sadly at his age and with his style things will catch up with him, but he's very much a true warrior, with impressive work rate, stamina, toughness and fighting spirit, even in his mid 30's. As for Nakagawa, who's a 2-time Japanese champion, he is 36 himself and the better technical boxer here, but also the man who took an absolute pasting just 2 fighter ago, against the aforementioned Fukunaga. These two could put on a stinker, if father time has his word, or a legitimate fight of the year contender, it really is a very hard one to call, and one we are seriously intrigued by. Our preview of this bout can be read here Kudaka and Nakagawa clash for Japanese title!
The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vung Tau, Vietnam
There is also set to be a small, but notable, card in Vietnam, where Cocky Buffalo will be putting on their next show.
The most notable bout on this card will see Uzbek veteran Olimjon Nazarov (27-5, 15) defending his WBO Oriental Flyweight title, as he takes on Filipino youngster Jerome Baloro (6-1, 4). The 33 year old Nazarov is highly ranked by the WBO, but his competition has, for the most part, been weak and this feels very much like a case a case of defending his regional title until he becomes the mandatory and gets a shot almost by default, without being prepared or particularly qualified for a shot at a fighter like Junto Nakatani. As or Baloro his competition has been weak and he was beaten last December by fellow Filipino hopeful Regie Suganob.
Dauis, Bohol, Philippines
As well as the action in Japan and Vietnam there is also set to be a show in Bohol, headlined by an interesting domestic Super Flyweight title bout.
The aforementioned regional title bout will see the unbeaten Rodel Suganob (6-0-1, 2) battle against Ranelio Quizo (10-2, 3) for the very lightly regarded, and currently vacant, WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight crown. The 25 year old Suganob has is a promising youngster who showed his potential last time out, when he stopped former world title challenger Vergilio Silvano in 4 rounds. The promising southpaw looks like he could go a long, but needs to be tested so we can see what he's really made of. As for Quizo he's 23 and has won his last 3 bouts, including a good win over Philip Luis Cuerdo, but did lost back to back bouts not too long ago, and it's unclear just how good he is. One thing that we should see here is both men answering questions and pushing each other which is exactly what both men need at this point in their careers.
This coming Monday attention turns to Bohol, where we see a touted Filipino hopeful take a massive step up to take on a former world title challenger in one of several bouts featuring promising hopefuls.
The main event of the card will see the unbeaten Regie Suganob (9-0, 3) take on Ricardo Sueno (10-4-4, 3) in what a really solid fight, and a good chance to compare Suganob to other notable hopefuls, such as Thanongsak Simsri and Taku Kuwahara. The talented Suganob is 24 years old and debuted in 2018 in some low profile bouts, but since then has impressed and progressed and is moving in the right direction. Sueno started his career well but has lost 2 of his last 3, albeit at a high level, and should serve as a genuine test for his unbeaten foe here in what could be a a very good domestic bout.
On paper the co-feature is a really interesting one, as Rodel Suganob (5-0-1, 1) takes on Vergilio Silvano (21-7-1, 12), but it's one that probably isn't going to be all that competitive. The 25 year old Suganob debuted in 2019 and suffered a draw last year and has had a career that has been slowed due to the pandemic, but he did pick up 3 wins in the last half of 2021 and has bounced back well from a draw to Luis Borje, however he has yet to score a win over a fighter with a winning record. As for Silvano he's been a professional since 2007, and is best known for his 2013 bout with Katsunari Takayama for the IBF Minimumweight title. Sadly since that loss to the Lightning Kid Silvano has moved up in weight, gone 4-4 and been out of the ring since 2016. Given Silvano has once win in the last 7 years, has lost 3 of his last 4 and has been out of the ring for more than 6 years it's hard to imagine him winning here, though a prime Silvano would have asked serious questions of Suganob