Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming coming Thursday we see the next show from Ohashi Gym, and it's something of an underwhelming one from the promoter, who has put one some of the best show in Japanese over the last few years. The show is a genuinely thin one, but it does have a brilliant main event, in fact it's one of the best regional title bouts of the year, on paper, and a potentially thrilling Japanese Middleweight bout.
That title bout will see two former world title challengers face off for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, as Takuma Inoue (14-1, 3) takes on Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19). For Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, the bout will see him moving up in weight and attempt to become a 3-weight OPBF champion, and throw his hat into the mix for a world title bout in the already stacked Super Bantamweight division. As for Wake, who is now 34, the bout will see him looking to become a 2-time OPBF champion, having previous held this title for more than 2 years between 2013 and 2015. Sadly for Wake he'll know a loss here ends any chance of him getting a second world title shot. This should be a very interesting bout, with a lot of skills on show, from both fighters, and could end up being an exciting chess match. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Takuma Inoue and Shingo Wake clash for OPBF honours!
For those wanting a war on this show, we should get that in a scheduled 6 rounder between Taiga Ito (4-2) and Eiki Kani (3-1-2, 1). The two men are limited, but they are also very fun to watch, and Kani has been one of the most fun to watch fighters so far in his career with a very high intensity pressure style. We expect the taller, more physically matcher, Ito to try and hold his ground against Kani, and this should provide some real fireworks for those in attendance.