After a bit pf waiting we’re now starting to see the end of Japanese cards being put together, and today we had a huge announcement from a press conference to confirm Fuji TV’s December 30th card, which was announced as a world title triple header.

As had long been rumoured Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪] will indeed be defending his title against mandatory challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10), in what will be Ito’s first defense since winning the title in the US against Christopher Diaz.

It was actually Ito who revealed the press conference to some fans yesterday and increase anticipation or today’s event. His bout with Chuprakov is a good first defense, but one that he should win, given how much Chuprakov struggled with Filipino foe Ernie Sanchez last time out, a man that Ito easily beat back in 2016.

The event is expected to be shown full and live on Fuji TV, giving them a huge platform to kick off their end of year events.

This card will take place at the Ota City General Gymnasium and is expected to have a strong supporting card, though no bouts have yet been announced for it.


Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

Inoue brothers will appear in the same show to fight for the WBO belts in Tokyo on December 30. It was announced by Ohashi Promotions on Wednesday. WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), making his fourth defense, will face former WBA titlist, veteran compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs) in a sensational matchup. His younger brother, Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), only 20, will have an ambitious crack at the WBO bantam throne against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs). Also, IBF junior flyweight titleholder Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12 KOs) will appear on the same card. An elongated southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (1-0, 1 KO)will fight his second pro bout on the undercard.

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