On July 12th Filipino puncher Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19) travels to Las Vegas and fights on ESPN "Friday Night Fights". This will be Francisco's second fight in the US though his opponent, Chris Avalos (21-2, 16), is much better than Javier Gallo who Francisco faced back in November 2012.
Just a day later Japan's Takahiro Ao (23-3-1, 10), a former WBC Super Featherweight champion, fights in California. Ao faces American based Chilean Hardy Paredes (16-11, 10). For Ao this will not only be his first fight since losing his world title to Gamaliel Diaz but will also be his US debut.
We've got to admit that we hope this starts a bit of a movement of Asian fighters regularly trying to make a name for themselves stateside. Of course we love the domestic scenes through out Asia but it's still nice to see the fighters testing themselves, likewise we love it when we see international faces fighting in Asia.