Japan Versus China: K-1 Grand Prix Finalist Hirotaka Asahisa Set to Face Wu Lin Feng Champion Yang Ming on May 2

Apr 14, 2023
Hirotaka Asahisa after stopping Nakrob. Photo: K-1 Japan Group
Two of the best at their weight will contest the WLF 60 KG title currently held by Asahisa.

Asahisa will return to China for the first time in three years to make his second Wu Lin Feng 60 KG title defense against the Wu Ling Feng China champion Yang Ming. The championship bout will take place at the Tangshan Sports Center, with a crowd capacity of 6000, in Tangshan, China, on May 2.

Asahisa is perhaps best known to our readers for his participation in the 2022 K-1 Super Featherweight (60 KG) Grand Prix. His run through the one-night tournament was a real showcase of power for the Asahisa Karate black belt, as he stopped both Nakrob Fairtex and Tomoya Yokoyama in under a minute of the opening round. Although he would come up short against Leona Pettas in the finals, his run through the tournament raised his stock among fans of Japanese kickboxing, which was quite high already thanks to several dominant performances on the Chinese scene.

Ming, on the other hand, has spent the past two years competing at the highest level that Chinese kickboxing has to offer. Having captured the WLF China title in 2020, the self-proclaimed 'Golden Armored God of War' earned his shot at the belt with decision victories over Huang Shuailu and Zhao Boshi in March of last year to win the 'Next Challenger' Tournament. Ming has since then twice lost to Shuailu, but will nonetheless enter the title bout on a positive note, as he overcame Pinpetch Banchamek by decision in his sole outing this year.

Previous WLF events were broadcast on Henan TV. Additional broadcast information will be made available as soon as possible on our schedule page.