Attention turns to Okinawa this coming Sunday for a small card at the wonderfully named "Something Four Nishizaki".
The main event of the card will see second generation fighter Shuma Nakazato (9-1-2, 6) look to begin his 2020 with a win against southpaw foe Yuji Awata (12-6-1, 5). The once beaten Nakazato, who's sole loss came in 2017 to Hironori Mishiro, is a 23 year old prospect with a lot of potential, and shouldn't be written off for the 3 marks on his record, given that two of them are technical draws and the other is the defeat to Mishiro. The 28 year old Awata is the sort of potential banana skin who fighters don't like to go up against. He's not just a southpaw but also a tall and rangy one and he could give Nakazato some real issues here.
In the main supporting bout Change Hamashima (10-5-1, 4) will be looking to end a run of 3 straight losses. The once promising Hamashima, who has lost 4 of his last 5, will be up against Takeru Kobata (7-4-1, 3). This looks like a bout that Hamashima should win, but his confidence is rock bottom and he'll be up against against someone looking to make enhance their own reputation. Kobata is relatively limited, but we see him really being up for this one.