Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
For a second day running we get East Japan Rookie of the Year action in Tokyo, with another round of quarter final bouts. In total there are 9 bouts scheduled for this event, after 2 of the originally planned bouts were cancelled. The bouts on this card will take place at Light Flyweight, Flyweight, Super Flyweight, Bantamweight and Super Featherweight .
On paper the most interesting bout on the show is a Flyweight bout between Yuki Sato (2-0, 2) and Rei Atsuchi (1-0, 1). The 21 year old Atsuchi debuted in July, , stopping Yuki Kajitani in 4 rounds, and showed plenty of promise in that win. Sato on the other hand is a 33 year old who debuted last year and has needed 3 rounds to stop his first 2 foes. We love seeing unbeaten fighters face off in Rookie of the Year, and given neither of these two have heard the final bell we are expecting some fireworks in this one.
At Super Flyweight we're looking forward to seeing KC Prachanda (5-2-1, 3) take on unbeaten 22 year old Sota Akazawa (2-0, 1). On paper this might not look too great, but Prachanda has really turned his career around, going 5-0-1 in his last 6 and getting his career under-way. He debuted in 2016, got stopped in his first 2 bouts, and has done well to get some momentum going. Akazawa on the other hand debuted this year and will feel confident, as an unbeaten fighter, of moving to 3-0.