This coming Thursday sees action return to the Korakuen Hall after a short break away from the Japanese holy land of boxing. The card isn't the biggest, or the best, but it does feature a number of notable fighters.
One of those notable names will be former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Kenta Nakagawa (13-3-1, 9), who returns to action for the first time since losing the title to Ryuichi Funai earlier this year. The former champion is being matched rather softly here as he takes on Petchkaorat Kaolamlekgym (0-2), who has been stropped in both of his previous visitors to Japan. Although Nakagawa was stopped last time out it would be a massive surprise to to see anything but a stoppage for the Japanese local.
In the chief support bout we'll see veteran Takashi Inagaki (19-15-2, 9) take on Japanese ranked Yuya Okazaki (12-10-2, 4). Coming in to the bout Inagaki has has mixed success, including a draw with Daisuke Sakamoto, but it's hard to imagine him having much luck against Okazaki, who is a level below the best Japanese fighters at 140, but should be well above the likes of Inagaki.
We get the next of the A-Sign shows this coming Friday and it's another really solid card, littered with really solid Japanese domestic match ups. It won't get a lot of headlines but it will provide some really good action for the fans in attendance.
The main event will see Akihiro Kondo (28-6-1, 15) take on Yuya Okazaki (12-9-2, 4) in what should be an entertaining bout, but a one-sided one. Of the two men Kondo is the one who will be strongly favoured, and in fact he's on the verge of a potential world title fight and is essentially risking that shot here. Okazaki is a former OPBF title challenger and is generally a tough guy, but shouldn't really be able to hold his own here against a resurgent Kondo who has won his last 7.
Arguably the best on the card will see touted youngster Kazuki Tanaka (7-0, 5) take on the twice beaten Ryohei Takahashi (10-2-1, 2). Touted as a star from his debut Tanaka has looked great at times, but less than great at others and does appear to be falling short of expectation so far. Although he has two losses to his name Takahashi is better than his record suggests, having lost on debut back in 2012 and also losing to the talented Andrew Moloney in Australia. Takahashi comes into this following a brilliant win over Wataru Takeda last October.
Also on this card is an interesting rematch as former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6) takes on Kai Johnson (5-10-3, 2), who actually inflicted Takano's first loss. The taller, younger, rangier Tankano will be looking for revenge but was worn down by the hungrier Johnson when the two clashed in June 2014. Johnson has lost 5 in a row since beating Takano, but will fancy her chances again here.
In the Philippines fans will see Boy Dondee Pumar (10-7-3, 4) battle for the PBF Super Bantamweight title.