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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