A new month is upon us and once again we have a lot to look forward to, in fact just over the first 8 days of the month we have more action than we typically get in a month, with some absolutely huge bouts taking place in Japan and in Thailand!
Joana Pastrana (13-1, 4) Vs Samson Tor Buamas (40-4, 22) – Spain
The month, for us, kicks off on Friday in Spain and will see Thai female veteran Samson Tor Bumas, aka Siriporn Taweesuk, take on IBF female Minimumweight champion Joana Pastrana. The Spanish fighter will be making her first defense of the title whilst Samson will be looking to roll back the clock and score her biggest win in over a decade.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41) Vs Iran Diaz (14-2-3, 6) – Thailand
Thai icon Srisaket Sor Rungvisai returns to ring Saturday to make his third defense of the WBC Super Flyweight title, taking on Mexican foe Iran Diaz. The destructive Thai had a huge 2017, defeating Roman Gonzakez twice, and began thus year with a win over Juan Francisco Estrada. This bout however is huge for another reason, with it headlining a One Championship card. For Diaz this is a huge step up in class but he has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Hironori Mishiro (6-0, 2) Vs Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1, 11) – Japan
Srisaket's bout isn't the only major bout on Saturday as OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro takes on Japanese champion Masaru Sueyoshi in a compelling title unification bout. The unbeaten Mishiro claimed his title in June, when he defeated Carlo Magali, but this is a very tough first defense. On the other hand Sueyoshi on the other hand has made two defenses of the title and is much more experienced in the professional ranks.
Kirill Relikh (22-2, 19) Vs Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24) – Japan
The first part of a triple header in Yokohama on the first Sunday of the month will see WBA Light Welterweight champion Kirill Relikh defending his title against Eduard Troyanovsky, in a bout that will see both men kick off their WBSS campaign. This has the potential to be very explosive, given that both have solid power, and being a real treat for fans tuning in. We know the WBSS is a big attraction and this bout could well be the real gem of the first round bouts
Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) Vs Milan Melindo (37-3, 13) – Japan
The second part of the Yokohama triple header is a brilliant looking Light Flyweight title bout between WBC champion Ken Shiro and former IBF champion Milan Melindo. The bout pits two very high skilled fighters against each other and although neither is a huge name on the global scene but are notable fighters globally. Both are genuine top 10 fighters in one of the toughest divisions in the sports and both are continuing to face tough opponent after tough opponent to make a name for themselves.
Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) Vs Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9)– Japan
The final part of the triple header sees WBA “regular” champion Naoya Inoue take on former champion Juan Carlos Payano in another WBSS bout. The “Monster” is hotly tipped to win the WBSS tournament but is up against a talented southpaw here, who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Payano is a former 2-time Olympian but is seen as being as little more than fodder for the Japanese sensation.
Unfortunately October looks to be a somewhat front heavy month with a lot of the highlights coming in the first weekend. We will however cover the rest of the month in part 2, which should be available to read in a couple of weeks time!
Earlier this month we looked at some of the most notable bouts of September to feature an Asian fighter. Here will be the second, and final, part covering the notable bouts which are set to take place from September 22nd too September 30th and there really is some great fights set to take place over the last week or so of the month.
Jonathan Taconing (27-3-1, 22) Vs Vince Paras (13-1, 11) – Philippines
Hard hitting Filipino fighters collide as former 2-time world title challenger Jonathan Taconing defends his WBC International Light Flyweight title against youngster Vince Paras. Both of these men have fought at world level, have exciting styles and a lot of power, so we're expecting serious fire works here!
Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) Vs Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) – Japan
WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura seeks his third defense as he takes on the unbeaten Kosei Tanaka, who is looking to become a 3-weight world champion in just 12 bouts! This is set to pit will against skills and we're expecting both men to have their moments in nail biting all-Japanese world title bout.
Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) Vs Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8) – Japan
Former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi begins his Light Flyweight campaign as he takes on unbeaten Indonesian Tibo Monabesa. This is a tough first bout at a new one for Kyoguchi whilst Monabesa will know that a win here would almost certainly open the door to a world title fight for him. A really significant contest.
Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) vs Suthat Kalalek (12-9, 11)- Japan
If we did this list based sole on how competitive they were this bout wouldn't be here, but with the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Heavyweight titles on the line the bout between Kyotaro Fujimoto and Suthat Kalalek needs to be mentioned. The contest is a significant one, even if we do strongly favour the champion.
Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) Vs Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (10-3, 9) – Japan
Another WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF title bout will see Yasyuki Akiyama defending the titles against hard hitting challenger Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa. Akiyama won the titles last year, in somewhat controversial fashion, but this will be his first defense and comes against a man he narrowly beat 18 months ago
Wulan Tuolehazi (8-3-1, 4) v Jayr Raquinel (10-0-1, 7) – China
In form Chinese hopeful Wulan Tuolehazi takes a big step up in class to face OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel for the WBC Silver Flyweight strap. Raquinel has impressed this year, twice scoring stoppage wins in Japan to win and then defend the OPBF title but will be taking on a man in the form of his career.
Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) Vs Alejandro Santiago Barrios (16-2-4, 7) – USA
IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas continues to to face less than stellar competition as he defends his belt against little known challenger Alejandro Santiago Barrios. Ancajas is one of the best fighters at 115lbs and this will be his 6th defense of the belt, but it does feel like Top Rank are matching him far too softly with bouts like this.
Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) Vs TBA – USA
On the same card as Ancajas' bout with Barrios we'll see the US debut of former Kazakh amateur standout Janibek Alimkhanuly. Sadly his opponent for the contest isn't yet known, though we do have a feeling that fans will be very excited about the Egis Klimas managed boxer-puncher.
Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) Vs Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) – Japan
OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura looks to record his third defense as he takes on fellow unbeaten youngster Daiki Tomita. This has the potential to be one of the best bouts of the month and could, potentially, lead to a world title fight for the winner. The edge in power and competition is with Koura but Tomita cannot be over-looked here!
Yuko Kuroki (18-5-1, 8) Vs Saemi Hanagata (14-7-4, 7) III- Japan
On the same card in Japan fans will get an IBF Atomweight title fight with Yuko Kuroki battling against Saemi Hanagata, in what will be their 3rd bout. So far Hanagata is leading the series, winning the first bout before the two fought to a draw. Since then both have proven to be world class fighters and this should be action packed from the first bell to the last.
Muhamad Ridhwan (11-0, 8) Vs Paulus Ambunda (26-2, 11) – Singapore
In Singapore local fans will get the chance to see their best prospect Muhamad Ridhwan take a massive step up in class as he faces former world champion Paulus Ambunda in a bout for the IBO Super Bantamweight title. Ridhwan is a talent, and should be favoured over the shopworn Ambunda, but at 30 he really does need to kick on if he wins here.
Takuya Watanabe (34-8-1, 19) Vs Paiboon Lorkham (19-10, 8) – Taiwan
In Taiwan we see the biggest show in the countries history, headlined by a contest between the teak tough Japanese fighter Takuya Watanabe and Thailand's Paiboon Lorkham. The bout, for the OPBF Silver Super Featherweight title, is expected to be a straight forward win for Watanabe but is still a massive deal for boxing in Taiwan.
September seems set to be the month where the boxing schedule really kicks off and we begin to get a lot more fights of note featuring Asian fighters. As a result we've broke the month into two, looking at some of the most notable fighters involved fighters from the Asian boxing world.
Sadriddin Akhmedov (3-0, 3) Vs Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-5, 18) – Canada
On September 7th Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov takes a huge step up in class to face tough Argentinian Bruno Leonardo Romay. This will be the biggest test so far for the 20 year old Kazakh who is fighting out of Canada.
Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23) Vs Aston Palicte (24-2, 20) – USA
As part of Superfly 3 we will see Filipino's clash with former 3 weight world champion Donnie Nietes taking on Aston Palicte. This bout will crown the WBO Super Flyweight champion and should be a very interesting match up, with Nietes being the older, smaller but smarter fighter.
Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) Vs McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14) - USA
After almost 17 months away from the ring Japan's popular Kazuto Ioka returns, making his US debut on Superfly 3. In the opposite corner to the former 3 weight champion is McWilliams Arroyo, a 2-time world title challenger who is looking to defend his WBC Silver Super Flyweight title.
Dave Apolinario (7-0, 5) Vs Michael Camelion (10-9-1, 8) – Philippines
Teenage prodigy Dave Apolinario goes for his first title as he faces the limited but hard hitting Michael Camelion. There is serious expectations on Apolinario's shoulders, with the 19 year old southpaw expected to be the goods, and this bout should tell us something about how good he is.
Mark John Yap (29-12, 14) Vs Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3) - Japan
Fans at the Korakuen Hall get a real treat as Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap takes on Takuma Inoue, the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, in a WBC Bantamweight world title eliminator. We have this down as one of the best match ups of the month and could end up being a real thriller!
Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) Vs Irma Garcia (30-7-1, 8) - Japan
Japan's first ever 5 weight world champion Naoko Fujioka looks to defend her WBA Female Flyweight title. In the opposite corner will be interim champion Irma Sanchez of Mexico. It's hard to see past the Japanese boxing queen here, but at 43 years old we do wonder how long she has left.
Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) Vs Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11) – USA
Former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada makes his US debut, as he battles veteran Coria. The bout is the start of a multi-fight deal between Okada and Top Rank with the intention being to have him fight WBC champion Jose Ramirez somewhere down the line!
Jing Xiang (14-4-2, 3) Vs Merlito Sabillo (27-5-1, 13) – China
Chinese prospect Jing Xiang goes for gold as he faces former Filipino world champion Merlito Sabillo in a bout for the WBC Silver Light Flyweight title. Jing is riding a 6 fight winning run coming into this bout and Sabillo really can't afford another defeat, or that could be the end for him.
Aidos Yerbossynuly (8-0, 7) Vs Rufat Hajiyev (7-0, 7) - Kazakhstan
Unbeaten puncher's collide as Kazakhstan’s Aidos Yerbossynuly takes on Azeri foe Rufat Hajiyev in a bout for a regional WBC Super Middleweight title. This may not be a bout featuring big names but given the style of both men, and their power, this could be a very explosive encounter!
Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 24) Vs Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34) II - USA
The biggest bout of the month, by some margin, will see the two pre-eminent Middleweight fighters collide in a highly anticipated rematch. In one corner will be Kazakh puncher Gennady Golovkin and in the other will be Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Nothing else needs saying here!
Aaron Lai (10-4, 9) Vs Shintaro Matsumoto (14-6, 10) – Australia
Heavy handed OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Aaron Lai looks to make his second defense of the title that he won in February 2017, as he faces off with Japanese foe Shintaro Matsumoto, a former OPBF Super Middleweight champion. This could be a very explosive and short contest!
Given how stacked the end of the month is, we'll be putting part 2 up towards the final couple of weeks, and it really does look like a sensational way to end September 2018!
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