Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
This coming Tuesday we see action at Korakuen Hall once again as as Flash Akabane put on the next show in their "Over Heat Boxers Night" series. The card is certainly not a huge one, with just 6 fights in total, but there some interesting scheduled for the show.
The main event of the card will see magician-boxer Zirolian Riku (10-3, 9) take on Kanta Takenaka (7-5-1, 2), in what is a solid match up. The 32 year old Riku lost in the 2017 All Japan Rookie of the Year final to Musashi Mora, and struggled to rebuild after that loss, but has won his last two and is starting to see his profile grow again. In Takenaka we have a 23 year old who is desperately wanting to bounce back from a TKO loss to Kaiki Yuba back in January. We suspect Riku enters as the favourite but this is not a gimme for him, despite his edge in power.
In another good looking bout Yosuke Kawano (13-9-2, 7) clashes with Daichi Matsuura (7-5-2, 3). The 32 year old Kawano has lost 3 of his last 4 and will know that he needs a win here to get his career back on track. Despite those losses, he has repeatedly been competitive and is much, much better than his record suggests. Matsuura on the other hand has had some inconsistent performances. Last year he was blown out by Juiki Tatsuyoshi, inside a round, before later going 12 rounds with Chainoi Worawut. Both of these men can fight, but we suspect the consistency of Kawano, and his added power will be the difference in this one.
The two bouts mentioned are both 8 rounders, with the card having two more bouts scheduled for 8 and two scheduled for 4, in what we expect to be a very solid, if somewhat low level, domestic show.