Amakusa Park Gym, Asakuchi, Okayama, Japan
This coming Sunday we get a small card from Okayama, headlined by a Japanese title fight and featuring just a single interesting support bout. Despite there not being much depth here that card will be an interesting one, and will be shown, on delay, on Boxing Raise.
The main event will see Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) defending his title against mandatory challenger Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6), who earned his mandatory position by essentially making weight last year.
Originally Fujikita was supposed to face Ryota Yamauchi in an eliminator last year, but Yamauchi was unable to fight due to an injury and Fujikita had to make weight to essentially get a title shot by default, as part of the Champion Carnival.
Whilst Fujitkita getting the bout is odd it is worth noting that this will be Akui's first defense of the title that he won last year, when he blew out Shun Kosaka. A win for Akui will move him towards bigger and better bouts. He's certainly the favourite, and is an incredibly quick starter, but Fujikita is tough, rugged and could make this a very, very interesting bout, if he can survive the first round blitz! Our full preview of this bout can be read here Akui clashes with Fujikita in Champion Carnival bout!
In the one supporting bout of note we'll see the once beaten Kenya Okada (5-1-1, 3) take on the more experienced Daisuke Sudo (6-6-3). Okada has rebuilt well since his 2018 loss to Yoshiki Minato, but is still lacking a win of note. In Sudo we see Okada in a step up of sorts, though Sudo is certainly no stand out. We're expecting a win for Okada here, but it is, legitimately his toughest bout since he lost to Minato more than 2 years ago.