This coming Monday we get one of the regional cards of the month with several notable and interesting bouts.
The most notable is the 10 round main event between the fast rising Ken Shiro (4-0, 3) and unbeaten Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (9-0-1, 4). The two men are trading blows in a bout for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight title and it's fair to say that the winner will go on to bigger fights in 2016, in fact Ken Shiro if he wins is likely to fight for the Japanese title in the first half of next year. It's a great match up on paper and features two young fighters putting unbeaten records on the line, what's not to like?
The co-feature is a very exciting looking 8 round contest featuring former JBC/OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (29-5-1, 9) and the brave Filipino Ricky Sismundo (29-8-2, 13). This really has the potential to be a highly skilled, inside war between two tough guys who have under-rated power and know that a win could put them into contention for a world title fight in 2016.
Another interesting supporting bout will see former Japanese title holder Koji Umetsu (22-16-3, 10) battle emerging contender Shota Hayashi (25-5-1, 15). Coming in to this one Hayashi has gone 10-0-1 and appears to be in the form of his life, a win here and he may well find himself getting a title shot in 2016. As for Umetsu this bout is a must win one of if he's to remain relevant.
A fourth bout of interest will see former title challengers collide as Koshinmaru Saito (21-7-1, 11) takes on Takehiro Shimokawara (19-10-3, 6). This bout may not be a top bout with a title shot for the winner but the styles of the two men should make for a brilliantly fun to watch 8 round bout.
As well as the bouts mentioned the card will feature 3 others on what is one of the best Dangan cards of the year!
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Whilst the action has been warming up through out February it really begins to catch fire on February 7th with a couple of notable cards, one in the Philippines and one in Japan.
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The stronger of the two notable cards comes from the Philippines as ALA put on the next in their headline series of “Pinoy Pride” shows. The card may not feature a world title bout but it does feature a number of men who are world ranked.
One of those world ranked fighters in action is the unbeaten and highly touted Genesis Servania (25-0, 11) who will be hoping to keep his world title dreams alive as he battles against 32 year old Mexican fighter Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3-1, 9). It's hard to see what Hernandez has to challenger Servania here but the Filipino will no that no slip ups are allowed when he's this close to a world title shot.
Another fighter who is highly ranked and features on this card is 140lber Jason Pagara (34-2, 21). Pagara will bring a 7 fight winning streak to the ring as he battles against the fragile Cesar Chavez (24-7, 12) who has been stopped in all 7 of his losses. Pagara is risking a very high ranking though the risk is slim against the very limited Chavez who has been stopped in the first 4 rounds in all of his losses.
Possibly the best looking of the 3 main bouts is a Super Flyweight bout which will see the highly regarded “King” Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14) battle against free swinging former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda (38-11-2, 29). Villanueva has failed to impress in has last few bouts though there is the possibility that he was unmotivated for them. If he performs equally bad here there is every chance he could be stopped by the exciting Miranda. The winner of this bout will take a huge step towards a world title bout and possibly even a clash with WBO champion Naoya Inoue later in the year.
In the chief support bout from the undercard fans will get the chance to see the fast rising prospect Mark Magsayo (9-0, 7) take on Thai fighter Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-3, 8). Magsayo ran up an impressive 5 wins last year but this is a very clear step up in class for the man known as “Magnifico”. As for Sukkasem he comes into this bout following an 8th round stoppage loss to Ik Yang last August.
Like the Filipino fans, the Japanese fans don't get any world title action here but the show it's self features a former world champion and several interesting domestic level match ups.
The main event here is easily the best bout on the show as former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (19-2-1, 11) battles against tough Mexican Efrain Perez (17-5, 12). Perez may be familiar to fans for his bout in Macau with Mark Anthony Geraldo and we suspect he has the ability to give Igarashi a very hard 10 rounds here.
Although the support bouts aren't there are very interesting bouts. The most notable of those will see former 2-time OPBF Light Middleweight title challenger Takehiro Shimokawara (19-9-3, 6) battling against Yuto Shimizu (8-2-2, 2). For Shimizu this is a great opportunity to move towards a title fight whilst Shimokawara will feel he needs a win to remain relevant.
A really interesting, and potentially explosive, encounter at Super Featherweight will see Kenichi Ogawa (13-1, 11) battle against Kazuya Nakano (8-3, 7). This domestic level contest will almost certainly not go the distance but should be captivating from the first bell. On paper Ogawa looks the favourite however Nakano has mixed with better company and his losses have come to good fighters in the form of Hiroki Okada, Kenta Takahashi and Masayuki Ito.
Another good looking competitive match up will see the heavy handed Heisuke Ono (5-2-2, 5) battle against the light punching Tatsuya Mukai (5-3-2, 1) in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds
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It's been a few days since we've had any fights but thankfully we're back under action this Monday as action returns to the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will be a rematch between the big hitting Koji Numata (21-7-2, 16) and the very tough Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-3, 6), with the men again trading blows for the vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The men, who collided in a great contest back in March, will be hoping to have a clear winner this time after their first contest ended in a draw, leaving the title vacant. If you're able to get to the Korakuen Hall we'd expect this fight to be just as exciting as their first contest was.
In the co-feature we're expecting to see Japanese Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (3-1, 3) battle Thailand's Petchdum Manopchaygym (0-2). On paper this is a mismatch, despite Fukumoto's loss 2 fights back, though our Japanese sources indicate that Petchdum actually has a record of 10-5-1 (2) and not 0-2. If the Japanese record is correct, and we do tend to doubt the records of Thai's on boxrec, it could be an interesting contest.
Another of the supporting bouts will see Cobra Suwa (13-11-2, 6) fighting against a Thai opponent, though we're not certain who.
The most interesting of the supporting bouts however will be the contest between Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) and the much more experienced Monico Laurente (24-11, 5). Suzuki is a very promising Super Flyweight who has a domestic ranking and heavy hands, he will however be giving up a a sizeable amount of experience to his Filipino foe. Interestingly Laurente is 0-7 outside of the Philippines and 0-5 in Japan, indicating that he doesn't doesn't travel well. He has also lost 3 of his last 4 and 4 of his last 6 indicating that his career may well be on a notable downslide.
The rest of this card is a trio of 4 rounders which will open the show.
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Mid-week boxing can often be disappointing with unimportant shows and mismatches being put on with little interest in really giving fans good value for money. This Tuesday however we get an excellent card with two OPBF title fights and some genuinely interesting looking action.
The card in total features 6 bouts and whilst the lowest cards on the show are nothing special much of the card does look very interesting.
One of the interesting undercard bouts sees Japanese Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (2-1, 2) attempting to bounce back from his first professional defeat. Fukumoto will be fighting Korean champion Kyung-Joon Ahn (6-2-1, 5). Although Ahn is 0-2 in Japan he is a big puncher and this will almost certainly be a shoot out with the first man to connect almost certainly being favoured to score a knockout.
Whilst the Middleweight clash looks like an exciting contest is really doesn't have the significance of the two title fights. The first of those will see former world title challenger Saemi Hanagata (8-4-2, 3) battling against the unbeaten Satomi Nishimura (6-0, 1) for the vacant OPBF Minimumweight title. The bout is a great one on paper and you could make a case for either woman winning though we do favour the more battled hardened Hanagata.
The second title fight, and the shows main event, is an equally as enticing bout as Koji Numata (21-7-1, 16) fights Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-2, 6) for the currently vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The title, given up by Charlie Ota, may not truly decide the best Light Middleweight in Asia but it should be a genuinely fantastic and highly competitive match up between very evenly matched fighters.
As far as we're aware this will be the days only card though it does look like one that is highly important to the Asian boxing world.
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