This past Sunday saw two notable Asian cards taking place. One was in Japan, the East Rookie of the Year finals, whilst one was in South Korea with title on the line. It's fair to say that whilst neither really registered on an international basis they were both interesting ourselves, and we assume our loyal (and ever growing) fan base of visitors.
We'll start in South Korea where Bumjin Promotion held a 7 fight show at the Jangyoo Sports Center.
In the lowest profile bouts on this show we had 4 all debutant contests scheduled for just 4 rounds. These saw a decision victory for Sang-Hoon Shim (1-0) who over came Tae-Yong Kim (0-1) and a trio of stoppages. These stoppages saw Joon-Ho Moon (1-0, 1) taking out Hyuk-Soo Kwon (0-1) in just 85 seconds, Hyun-Soo Um (1-0, 1) scoring a second round stoppage over Kwon Kim (0-1) and Sung-Hoon Kim (1-0, 1) scoring a final round victory over Yoon-Soo Ahn (0-1).
As well as the 4 round contests we had a pair of bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. In one of these Jae-Hoon Lee (5-3-1, 3) took out Isaraphap Sor Varunee (0-2) in just 89 seconds whilst in the other, a female contest, Hee-Jung Yuh (9-2, 3) stopped Maimuang Sitkhurusian (1-4) with just 31 seconds of their contest remaining.
In the main event Myung-Goo Yuh (12-4-1, 7) successfully claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight title courtesy of a third round TKO over Thailand's Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (10-7-1, 5). On paper this was Yuh's biggest victory ans his thirs successive by stoppage, for Wisaruth however, and rather worryingly, this was his second stoppage defeat in just 8 days and third in the space of 4 months.
Over in Tokyo, at the Korakuen Hall, we had the finals of the Rookie of the Year East in 12 weight divisions ranging from Minimumweight all the way up to Middleweight.
The show kicked off with a bit of an upset as the unbeaten Kenichi Miyazaki (5-1-1, 1) was stopped in the second round by Yoshinori Wakahara (6-3, 3). After suffering back to back losses in 2012 Wakahara seems to have found his groove this year with a trio of victories including, and most notably, this one.
In the Light Flyweight division thinks went as expected with Ryuto Maekawa (7-0, 4) keeping his unbeaten record courtsey of a hard fought decision over Tomoyuki Kaneko (6-2, 3). Kaneko, who lost unanimously, was just a point off claiming a draw on two of the judges score cards.
Maekawa wasn't the only unbeaten man who was forced to fight hard to keep his "0" intact as Ryuto Oho (5-0, 2) was pushed all the way by Yuji Okinori (6-1, 1). This was the first of several clashes between unbeaten fighters and although Oho won he knew he had been in a fighter afterwards winning by just a sole round over Okinori in the Flyweight final.
At Super Flyweight we had another close one between unbeaten men, in fact we had the closest bout on the show. This contest, which saw Jo Tanooka (7-0-3) taking a split decision over Seiya Fujikita (5-1, 1), saw all three judges scoring it 48-47 showing just how competitive this bout was.
In the shortest contest of the day Yukichi Hara (6-2, 3) claimed the Bantamweight title courtesy of a 26 second stoppage over Kazuki Yokoyama (5-2, 3). When a bout lasts just 26 seconds there is little you can say about it though the stoppage was a good one with Yokoyama's legs completely gone.
In the Super Bantamweight Gaku Aikawa (4-0-1) struggled over the line by taking a majority decision over Naoto Fujimoto (5-3-1, 2). Although one card had Aikawa a clear winner with a score of 40-37 it was a very close contest and both men fought hard.
One of the few decisions the card had was at Featherweight where Shingo Kusano (7-2-1, 3) defeated Yudai Tamagawa (5-4-1, 2) with all of the judges having Kusano as a clear winner. Likewise at Super Featherweight we also had a clear decision with Kazuma Sanpei (8-0, 2) defeating Yoshimichi Matsumoto (4-1, 3) whilst dropping just a sole round.
In a battle of Lightweight punchers Ryosuke Takami (4-0, 3) took out Reo Komiyama (6-2-2, 6) in the final round of a scheduled 4 rounder. It's going to be very hard not to get very excited about Takami if he can continue to leave a wake of destruction behind him as he has been doing recently.
At Light Welterweight we had another of the shows big upsets as Shingo Yabu (4-2-1) took the power and of Takuya Matsusaka (5-2, 5) and claimed a decision. This was Matsusaka's first loss since a 88 second blow out on his debut and sees a 5 fight KO streak come to an and end.
At Welterweight we had a surprising stoppage as the light hitting Ryoji Tanaka (5-2-1, 2) defeated Nobuaki Sakae (2-3-2, 1) via a fourth round KO with a little under a minute of the final round gone.
In the Middleweight division we got a very expected stoppage, though we'll admit we were a little surprised that it was southpaw Wataru Seino (4-1, 4) who scored it. Seino defeated the Japanese based Albanian Altin Pepa (2-1, 2) in the second round to take the crown here.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.