The worst result for Asian boxing was the opening round defeat suffered by Filipino youngster Gabriel Altarejos (12-3-1, 4). Up against Brayd Smith (7-0, 6) th young Filipino was taken out by an early body shot and suffered his third successive defeat. The once promising youngster now looks like he'll fail to make the mark on the sport some expected him to.
Unfortunately for Gabriel his loss prevented him from claiming the WBC Youth Silver Featherweight title.
In the second bout, a bout for the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Super Featherweight title, we saw a draw between Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (29-18-5, 15) and Japan's Hirohito Fukuhara (16-8-9, 8). The bout, twice scored "94-94" saw Asis dropped in round 9 and deducted a point. Oddly the third card some how had the Filipino winning 97-92.
As well as the action in Australia there was also action in Thailand.
In Nakhon Sawan former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (45-2, 30) defeated Indonesian Zun Rindam (9-3-1, 4) via 3rd round TKO. Although Sor Singyu was stripped of his WBO international Bantamweight title due to failing to make weight he made sure not to lose too much career momentum and will likely be looking for a Super Bantamweight title fight down the line.
On the same card in Nakhon Sawan recent world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (48-1, 31) stopped Yon Armed (10-4-1, 6). Like Pungluang this was over in the third round.
This same card also featured 4 other contests, including 3 female bouts. In the sole male bout Tewa Tor Surat (2-0, 1) stopped the debuting Jadjan Jaojakkrabhop (0-1). The female bouts saw Keanpetch Manoprungroj (4-0, 1) out pointing Pantip Sor Suwannaresort (0-1), Nonggift Or Wanchoed (6-1, 1) defeating former WIBA title challenger Napaporn Superchamps (7-8, 1) and the debuting Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (1-0) overcame Chabaprai Kiatsanram (1-1).
In a second Thai card, this time at the Ban Rai Temple, Nakhon Ratchasima, we again saw a former world champion in action. This time the former world champion was Tepparith Kokietgym (24-3, 14) who defeated the debuting Chuang Zhu Zhong (0-1) to claim the WBC Asia Council Continental Bantamweight title.
The Tepparith/Zhong bout was one of two title bouts on the show with the other seeing a quick victory for Thai based Japanese fighter Tomoyuki Nishikawa (3-0, 2) who defeated Alexandr Masalov (0-2) for the interim WBC Asia Council Continental Light Middleweight title.
Unfortunately Tepparith/Zhong wasn't the only clear mismatch on the card with the experienced Petch Kokietgym (18-1, 3) taking an expected victory over Joel Cruny (0-1) and Saenmuangloei Kokietgym (18-5-3, 3) doing the same over Singsomdech Kwanjaisrikot (0-1).
Despite 3 apparent mismatches going the "expected way" we did have a genuine upset on the show as the debuting Petchpraya Por Petchprayoon (1-0) managed to defeat Yokthong Kokietgym (14-3, 10). Although this was a genuine upset, going through Yokthong's record does leave you feeling underwhelmed with just the name of Japanese Minimumweight Ryuji Hara standing out and even then Hara had defeated Yokthong via 2nd round KO just last year.
The action just refused to stop and we also had a 12 fight show in Japan which all 4 bouts being scheduled for 4 rounds.
The Japanese show saw 4 stoppages. These saw the debuting Ryusei Ishii (1-0, 1) taking out Yoshihiko Hashimoto (0-1) in 98 seconds, Masayasu Nakamura (3-0, 3) stopping Kota Shibayama (2-2-1, 2) in the second round, Shoma Koga (3-0, 3) stopping Yoshihito Takahashi (2-1, 2), also in the second round, and Tatsuji Kakumoto (2-3) defeating Takamasa Kawahara (1-1) in the third.
As well as the 4 KO's we also had a technical draw as the bout between Naoki Oura (2-1-1, 2) and Ryo Sugimoto (1-5-1) was ended a minute early with a split draw.
With 7 bouts going to a completed 4 round decision, it's interesting to note only one wasn't unanimous as Makoto Kawasaki (3-1-1, 1) surprisingly upset Tomokazu Ueda (2-1).
The remaining 6 bouts all finished, as alluded to above, with unanimous decisions. These saw Satoshi Hongo (1-0) defeat fellow debutant Tetsuya Tamashiro (0-1), Hiroyasu Shiga (2-0, 1) maintain his unbeaten record with a victory over Yoshiki Abe (2-1-1, 1), Shoji Ebisawa (3-1) over came Yuki Shiina (1-4), Sonin Nihei (2-0) won a battle of unbeatens against Shuhei Takahashi (2-1, 1) and Tsuyoshi Naito (3-3-2, 1) defeated Kazuo Shimada (2-7, 1).