Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Wednesday we see a small but relatively notable card at Korakuen Hall, with the show being the 100th under the Over Heat Boxers Night banner.
The main event will see Makoto Kikuchi (1-1, 1) and Marina Sayama (4-3-1, 2) battle for the vacant OPBF female Bantamweight title. The 35 year old Kikuchi made her debut last year, losing that bout before bouncing back with a TKO win this past March. She enters this bout ranked #3 by the JBC and went 7-3 in the amateurs. As for Sayama, she is ranked #2 by the JBC, albeit at Flyweight, and has lost her last two bouts, leaving her without a win since 2018. This really isn't a great title bout, or a particularly interesting main event, sadly. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Kikuchi and Sayama clash for OPBF female Bantamweight title
Another female bout on this card will see former WBA Atomweight champion Yunoka Furukawa (9-2-2, 6) return to the ring for the first time in more than 4 years, as she takes on Michiko Abiru (3-6, 1), in what looks like being a rather straight forward comeback bout. The hard hitting Furukawa won the WBA title at 102lbs back in 2016, when she stopped Satomi Nishimura, she made a single defense before moving up in weight, from 102lbs to 112lbs, and lost to Leonela Paola Yudica in October 2017 before vanishing from the sport. Given that long lay off it's hard to complain about her getting an easy one here against Abiru, who has won just one of her last 4 bouts.
In a really good looking supporting bout we'll see the once beaten Tomonori Nagao (5-1-1, 2) take on the unbeaten Kanta Kawamura (4-0-1, 3). For Nagao the bout will see him looking for a 4th straight win, and open the doors to breaking into the domestic rankings later this year. As for Kawamura, who's also looking for a 4th straight win, he'll be looking to build on a busy 2021, which saw him going 3-0-1, and the 22 year old will likely be looking to move his career forward here. It's certainly not a massive bout, but it is a very, very well matched one and a very interesting match up.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this show is the debut of Jinya Yamaguchi (0-0), with the 22 year old debuting against Shunpei Kubo (7-2-1, 5), who won the All Japan Rookie of the Year in 2020. The debutant went 22-11 in the unpaid ranks and is regarded as a bright young prospect from the Misako Gym. Kubo on the other hand is a hard hitter who has got potential, but was stopped last time out by the limited Musashi Yoshino and it's going to be interesting to see whether that loss affects him here, especially given that was the second time he'd been stopped. This should be the one that has eyes on it, and could end up being an explosive bout with the novice looking to make an impression