Aioi Hall, Kariya, Aichi, Japan
This coming Sunday our attention swings to Aichi, where we get a small card promoted by HEIWA promotion. It's not a big card, but there are two bouts worthy of some attention.
The main event of the card is a solid looking 8 rounder as Japanese ranked Flyweight Katsuya Murakami (11-2-1, 3) takes on Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Isao Aoyama (12-9-1, 3). On paper Murakmai will be favoured, given his much better record, but the 27 year old has been matched softly since his 2019 loss to Yuga Inoue, and he does have a record that is a touch padded, with wins over Daisuke Sudo and Shin Tomita being his best records. As for Aoyama his record belies his talent, and he has had a lot of very, very close losses, as well as a 2015 draw with Sho Kimura. This might look a competitive bout, but we suspect this could be a very hotly contested 8 rounder.
The main supporting bout on the show will be a 6 rounder between Takahiro Murai (15-10-2, 5) and Katsuki Matsuura (6-4-1, 1), who should gel for a great little bout. The 30 year old Murai has lost his last 3, and is 1-4 in his last 5, but is upset minded and his record really is misleading, making him look poor when he's not. Sadly though he's only scored a single win since 2017 and it's hard to know what his desire is like coming in to this. As for Matsuura, he is 1-4-1 in his last 6 and much like Murai, will see this as a chance to pick up a rare win