Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Monday we'll get the next card from Misako gym, and it's an interesting one, with out being a huge one. It's got a female world title fight in the main event, and two decent looking supporting bouts, with one featuring a recent Japanese champion looking to bounce back from their title loss.
The main event of the card will see WBO Female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida (15-2) seek her first of her second reign as she takes on veteran challenger Tamao Ozawa (16-5, 6), who gets her third world title shot. The popular Yoshida managed to reclaim the title last year, winning a rematch against Tomoko Okuda, and we suspect she'll be desperate to keep the title here and extend her profile in the sport, which has grown since she first won the Japanese Female Bantamweight title in 2017. As for Ozawa the 37 year old challenger will know this is her last shot at a world title, and sadly for her it comes after more than 3 years of inactivity, and more than 4 years fighting at a different weight. Ozawa will be the under-dog, but we suspect she will be driven to make the most of this chance, and will give Yoshida real trouble at times here. Our in depth preview of this bout can be read here Yoshida takes on Ozawa in WBO title defense
In one of the main supporting bouts former Japanese 140lb champion Daishi Nagata (15-3-2, 6) will be looking to bounce back from his title loss, last June, as he takes on the limited Tetsuya Kondo (6-5, 4). Nagata, who famously beat Koki Inoue for the Japanese title in 2020, has failed to pick up a win since winning the title, and it's hard to know what he has to offer right. He was out boxed and stopped by Masahiro Suzuki and in some ways it seems his title win was the worst thing for his career. Thankfully for him however Kondo shouldn't be much of a test at least on paper, as he's a natural Lightweight who has lost his last 3. However Kondo is upset minded and did give tough tests to Takeru Kobata, Rikuto Adachi and Kaiki Yuba, so he is no push over and is better than his record, and recent form, suggests.
In another major supporting bout we'll see two Japanese ranked 147lb fighters face off as Yuichi Ideta (15-15-1, 8) and Hironori Shigeta (7-2-1, 4) clash in an 8 rounder, which will also serve as a Japanese title eliminator. Despite his record Ideta is fighting like a man who knows he can't afford any more setbacks, and his 2020 win over Ryota Yada stands out as an excellent domestic level win, which has seen him earn a high Japanese rankings. As for Shigeta he's a former Rookie of the Year winner who is 2-1-1 in his last 4, but has shown his ability and gave Shoki Sakai a decent test in 2020. This should be a very competitive and very exciting bout, with a Japanese title fight almost certainly in touch distance for the winner.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Tuesday the Korakuen Hall will play host to the latest show from Misako promotions. The card isn't a bit one but it does feature a world title rematch in the main event, a good prospect in the chief support bout and some Japanese ranked fighters in supporting bouts. It's a decent show, but not one which set the world alight.
The main event will see WBO female Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Okuda (7-2-2, 1) make her first defense as she takes on Miyo Yoshida (14-2), the woman she beat for the title back in December. The first bout between these two saw Okuda prove to be too strong, too aggressive and too powerful for Yoshida, before headclashes and cuts forced the bout to be stopped in round 6. This time around we dare say Yoshida knows what to expect from the 38 year old Okuda and we could end up seeing a more purposeful display from the former champion. As for Okuda she will not be looking to hand the title back without a fight and this could end up being very, very competitive and very personal. Our preview of this bout can be read here Okuda and Yoshida II - Repeat or revenge?
In the chief support bout we'll see the very talented Tsubasa Murachi (6-1, 3) battle against Ken Achiwa (12-15-6, 4) in a bout that should see the winner knocking on the door of a title fight. Entering the bout Murachi is ranked in the top 10 by the JBC and the WBO AP whilst Achiwa is in the top 20 of the JBC rankings. On paper this looks a mismatch, and Murachi should be strongly favoured as he is a genuine talent, but Achiwa is an upset minded fighter and he has proven to be much better than his record suggests. Achiwa will look for the upset, but we see the boxing brain and speed of Murachi being too much and the youngster should take a clear, if hard fought, decision here.
At Welterweight we'll see veteran's collide as Motonobu Suzuki (5-6-2, 2) takes on the JBC ranked Yuichi Ideta (14-15-1, 7), who is actually on the verge of a very unexpected title fight. The 37 year old Suzuki hasn't fought since January 2019, and despite his record looking like a mess he is 3-1-2 in his last 6 bouts dating back to 2015, impressive form for a man who was 2-5 in his first 7. Ideta on the other hand is a 36 year old who lost 11 in a row between 2012 and 2019, but scored an upset of the year contender in 2020, when he beat Ryota Yada. That shock win has put Ideta in the top 10 of the JBC rankings and just a win or two away from a very, very unexpected title fight.
Another JBC ranked fighter on this show is Shuri Hasebe (8-5, 2), who defends his top 15 JBC Minimumweight ranking as he takes on 28 year old Kosuke Ando (8-3, 3). Although no world beater Hasebe has put in some good performances, notably beating Desierto Nagaike last time out, and will know that if he keeps plugging along and picking up wins he could land a title fight. As for Ando this is an opportunity to rebuild his career after a blow out loss last time out to Toshiki Kawamitsu. Ando impressed in the 2019 Rookie of the Year, reaching the All Japan final, and will feel he needs win here to get his career back on the right track.