Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
We get more action at Korakuen Hall this coming Monday with a low key card from Kawashima Promotions. The card really is a low profile one, but it features one of the most over-looked and under-rated prospect in Japan in the main event.
That under-rated prospect is the unbeaten Ryusei Kawaura (7-0, 4), who will be looking to secure his 8th professional win as he takes on domestic foe Musashi Yoshino (9-5, 3). This will be Kawaura's second professional bout against a fellow Japanese fighter and the view is that in 2021 he will be moved towards a title fight of some kind. He had hoped to land a bout this year, but 2020 has not gone the way most expected and his year has certainly been a frustrating one.
Yoshino on the other hand is very much a lower level domestic fighter and will not be expected to be much of a test for Kawaura. In fact if anything his role here is to help Kawaura shake some ring rust as we close out 2020.
In the main support bout we'll see the once beaten Masaki Kobayashi (5-1, 3) face off with Hiroto Hoshi (3-2-2, 2). Although not a big name Kobayashi has plenty of potential and he reached the East Japan Rookie of the Year final last year, where he ran into the All Japan champion Kodai Honda, and at 21 years old he shouldn't be written off, as there is potential there. The 22 year old Hoshi tends to make for explosive low level bouts, and we expect he will serve that role here in what could be a very good 6 rounder.