Sangyo Shinko Center, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
The only Asian action this coming Thursday takes play at the Sangyo Shinko Center in Sakai City and it's certainly not a big show, but it should be an entertaining one with two pretty interesting 8 rounders scheduled for the show.
The first of the two outs of note will see the limited but big hitting Toshiya Yokogawa (11-12-2, 10) take on the highly experienced Shun Ishibashi (10-24-1, 4). The 36 year old Yokogawa has proven to be a limited fighter, even on the domestic stage, but he's a very dangerous fighter and 8 of his 11 wins have come in the first 3 rounds. As well as being heavy handed, Yokogawa is also a fighter easy to tag and he's been stopped in 4 of his 12 losses. Ishibashi on the other hand is a 33 year old veteran who has struggle a lot in recent years, losing his last 8. Despite that he can be a banana skin, and with Yokogawa's limitations this could be a strangely compelling and competitive bout.
In the main event we'll have a battle of Kanta's as Kanta Fukui (7-4-1, 5) takes on Kanta Takenaka (7-6-1, 2). On paper this looks like a relatively poor match up, however both men has misleading records. Fukui has really showed his class in the last few years, running Shuma Naakzato and Go Hosaka close and earning a draw against the heavy handed Yoji Saito. Takenaka on the other hand has been stopped in 4 of his last 4, but can pick up upsets at this level, and a number of his wins, so far, have been mild surprises. This should be a lot more exciting than the records of the two men suggest.
On November 29th we're expecting a low key but memorable day in Asian boxing thanks to a Japanese fan who has bout the rights to stream a show from Aichi.
Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan
The show will in Aichi comes from the Aioi Hall and is a 2-part event with streams for both being made available thanks to Seki-chan on YouTube.
The first part of the show features 4 bouts, headlined by a 6 rounder between Toshiya Yokogawa (11-12-2, 10) and Tamaki Miwa (6-6-1, 1). On paper it's certainly not an amazing match up, and we won't pretend otherwise, however it should certainly be an interesting match up between two limited but well matched fighters. Interestingly Yokogawa will enter the bout ranked #14 by the JBC at Featherweight and a loss here will see him lose that ranking.
Another 6 rounder on this part of the show will see Kazunori Takai (6-6-3, 3) battle against Katsuki Matsuura (5-3-1, 1) in a Bantamweight bout. As with Yokogawa Vs Miwa this should be a very competitive bout.
Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan
The second part of the even from Aioi Hall should be a much better one with several bouts worth of attention, though it's again a 4 bout part to the show.
The first of two notable bouts here will see former Japanese title challenger Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11) battle against 37 year old Tsunehiko Aitoku (5-9-2). On paper this is a mismatch, and we do expect Maruki to win, though it should be noted that Maruki has lost 3 of his last 4 and he needs a win to get his career back on track. Aitoku on the other hand has lost just once in his last 4 bouts and will need to win to keep his career alive.
The second notable bout on this part of the event will see Shin Tomita (10-8-2) battle against OPBF and JBC ranked Minimumweight Naoya Haruguchi (17-11, 7), in an 8 rounder. This should be high octane action between two men who will be wanting to impress, and potentially climb up the Japanese rankings in 2021, moving towards a title fight.
The two parts of this event can be seen on the youtube channel we're linked to here ボクシング選手名鑑.