There was 3 cards in Asia this past Friday with 2 taking part in Japan and another, more noteworthy card taking place in Thailand.
With the most notable bouts taking place in Thailand, it makes sense to start by looking at that card which saw not only the only title bout in Asia but also bouts by very experienced and very highly regarded Thai.
The weakest of the bouts on offer on the beautiful Pa-Ngan island saw the previously unbeaten Middleweight Khomkeaw Sithsaithong (6-1, 5) suffer his first loss thanks to the experienced Decha Kokietgym (33-11-3, 18) who scored a 2nd round KO. Despite the fact Khomkeaw was seen as the bigger man his inexperienced showed and he was punished for it.
In Super Featherweight action former world title challenger Terdsak Kokietgym (49-4-1, 32) scored his first win of the year as he out pointed the tough Ernesto Rubillar (38-34-7, 14). Amazingly it was Rubillar's first fight in well over 7 years yet "Hard Rock" showed he was still as tough as ever as Terdsak couldn't finish him off.
The most notable bout of the day sadly ended in unsatisfactory terms as Norasing Kokietgym (5-0-1, 3) and Danilo Pena (26-16-3, 11) fought to a majority draw in a bout for the PABA Super Flyweight title. This saw Pena ending a 4 fight slide which included losses to Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym and Oleydong Sithsamerchai, though of course it's the first mark on Norasing's record.
Sadly for Japanese fans neither of the cards held in their country had a genuinely notable bout but they did admittedly still have some interesting bouts on the domestic scene.
In Tokyo, at the Korakuen Hall we had former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Kazuhiko Hidaka (31-6, 22) scoring his third successive victory as he stopped Indonesian Ade Alfons (16-19-3, 5) in the second round. This was one of 3 stoppages in the second round as both Yutaka Sowano (7-5-1, 5) and Jun Koseki (6-2, 3) also managed the same feat stopping Kento Shimazu (8-5-1, 2) and Ryu Kenshiro (4-5-1, 2) respectively.
In all honesty it wasn't a good card for Indonesian fans who not only saw Alfons lose but also Rochmad Santoso (2-1, 2) who's perfect record was destroyed by Ryuji Yokoyama (8-1, 3) in 4 rounds.
The rest of the bouts on the card went the scheduled distance as Ryo Nakamura (6-2, 2) took a 6 round unanimous decision over Kazuhiro Kamimura (4-9-1, 2) and bounced back from a stoppage loss last time out to Hiroaki Teshigawara. The other 2 bouts both ended, rather surprisingly in draws as debuting pair Shintaro Hirohama (0-0-1) and Masahito Tanaka (0-0-1) shared a split draw whilst novices Yuya Asabe (1-0-1) and Shunsuke Fukushima (0-1-1) shared a unanimous draw.
The other card, at the Bodymaker Colosseum was more of a development card than anything else as it featured several unbeaten fighters in well matched bouts with out a known name like Hidaka headlining.
The card was headlined by 2 bouts scheduled for 8 including Ryo Nakajima (18-5, 10) winning a split decision over journeyman Kosuke Iwashita (13-15-2, 7) who has now lost 5 in a row. The other 8 rounder saw the hard hitting Kiron Omura (11-2, 9) scoring his 4th straight win thanks to a 4th round KO over Yuki Kobayashi (6-2, 4).
The only 6 round bout on the card saw Ryuji Kanza (6-1, 4) claim a decision victory over Daisuke Inoue (3-6-2, 1). This was the 6th straight win for Kanza who was blasted out in just 18 seconds on his debut around 3 years ago.
In 4 round action we had 7 bouts with 5 unbeaten fighters being involved in them. Of those with unbeaten records it's fair to say that Shogo Hayashi (5-0-1, 3) had the quickest night as he blasted out Tesshin Nakamura (2-2, 1) in just 148 seconds. This was a great bonce back for Hayashi who suffered a draw last time out.
The only other unbeaten fighter to score a stoppage on the card was the debuting Kyohei Tonomoto (1-0, 1) who stopped Takuya Yamamoto (3-7, 2) in the 4th round.
The other unbeaten fighters in action were Bunta Mitaka (2-0) who defeated the previously unbeaten Yudai Yamashoji (1-1, 1) and Johnny Abarca (4-0) who out pointed Shogo Myojin (2-2-1).
The remaining 2 bouts saw split decision victories or both Kenji Suehiro (4-6, 1) and Hiroshi Konoura (3-1) who defeated Yukitaka Nishida (2-7-2, 1) and Go Mitaka (0-3-1) respectively.
In he final result featuring an Asian fighter, charismatic Chinese fighter Yang Lian Hui (12-0-0-1, 8) was successful in his US debut as he stopped Mexican Ivan Zavala (4-2-1, 2). Better known as IK Yang, the fun to watch Chinese boxer was featured in the none-televised portion of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" though it's obvious that he has the potential to be featured as a headline act on ESPN sooner rather than later.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.