The Japanese show to take place at the “Holy Ground” of the Korakuen Hall takes place on January 13th and although it's not a blockbuster card it does feature two very notable bouts.
The first of those will see the very experienced former OPBF and JBC title holder Charles Bellamy (26-3-1, 17) take on the rising and big punching Yuki Beppu (14-0, 14) in a massively significant 8 rounder. The experienced Bellamy will be looking to move towards a title fight in 2017 but at 35 some have questioned just what he has left, and he fought just 8 rounds in 2016 and only 6 in 2015. Beppu, a destructive puncher, has failed to really impress since winning the 2014 Rookie of the Year and this is set to be his biggest test, by far.
In a Bantamweight clash we'll see JBC #1 ranked contender Yuta Saito (10-7-2, 7) battle against former title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (25-6-4, 18) in a bout that will likely decide a 2017 domestic title challenger. Saito has won just 3 of his last 8 bouts but is looking to get a title fight in the near future, and has been competitive in many of his losses. Takahashi impressed us massively when he took on Kentaro Masuda in 2014 and he's pursuing a rematch with Masuda, knowing that a win here will assure him of that bout later in the year. Potentially this could be a really exciting war.
Da Lian, China
There will also be a low key show in China.
In the main even of the card fans will see Chinese local Xing Xin Yang (11-5-3, 8) take on once beaten Thai Romnakit Technopoly Bangkok (8-1, 5). The Chinese 24 year old has won one of his last 4, a stoppage win against Takamori Akita, though will be coming into this bout on the back of a loss to the then debuting Nursultan Zhanabayev. Ronnakitsuffered his first loss last year, when he travelled to China and lost to American Rogelio Casarez. This could be an interesting bout, but we suspect the naturally bigger local fighter will come out on top.
For a second day running Chinese fan Kunming get a low profile card, with the show following a similar show on Christmas.
In the main event of the card we'll see China's Xing Xin Yang (11-5-3, 8) face off with experienced Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (20-24-3, 8). The bout isn't the most attractive 10 rounder we'll see over the coming days but is an interesting bout with both men likely believing they have the ability to score a win. It's easy to favour the local favourite but this is certainly not a foregone conclusion.
In another 10 rounder we'll see “Chinese Assassin” Xian Qian Wei (10-6-1, 1) take on novice Arshak Vardanyan (0-1), who debuted recently against Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep. Wei holds some notable wins, including a victories over Hero Tito and Rex Wao and should win here given his experience and ability
Our attention turns to Australia this coming Wednesday for a trio of bouts featuring Asian fighters.
The most significant of those is an OPBF Welterweight title bout between little known Chinese fight Yang Xing Xin (10-3-2, 7) and Australian local Jack Brubaker (8-1-1, 3). The bout, which is for a title vacated by Yoshihiro Kamegai, is one of the weakest OPBF title fights we've seen this year. On paper Brubaker has to be the favourite though a loss to Qamil Balla and a draw with Alex Ah Tong in his last 6 bouts suggest he's not a great fighter. Xin has won 6 of his last 8, though was stopped by Sirimongkol Singwancha just 18 months ago.
A moderately interesting looking bout will see Danilo Gabisay (6-4,4) take on the heavy handed Jason Maloney (3-0,3). On paper it's an interesting bout but the reality is that Maloney has already beaten better opposition than Gabisay.
A much less interesting bout will see Filipino loser Ronerex Dalut (9-16-2,2) take on the unbeaten Andrew Maloney (3-0,2) in a bout to pad Maloney's record.