Of course the rising name in Yemeni boxing, Ali Raymi (11-0, 11) was on the show facing yet another unbeaten fighter. Like in his previous 10 bouts Raymi managed to see off his opponent almost immediately (taking just 17 seconds) as he scored his 11th successive opening round stoppage. This time the victim was Salman Al Umari (2-1, 1) who was returning to the ring after more than 2 years out.
As we know Raymi isn't the only fighter in Yemen starting to make a name for himself and Somalian import Ali Dridi (8-0, 3) is also carving out a solid start to his professional career. Dridi scored his 8th victory by over-coming Luway Jaber (1-1, 1) via a 4 round shut out.
Alongside the 2 Ali's the card feaured 6 other bouts. They included a 3rd round stoppage for Sharaf Montaser (2-0, 2) who defeated debutant Munther Eisawi (0-1). Eisawi was one of 6 debutants on the card with 4 of the others meeting in the ring.
From the 2 all debutant clashes Ali Yarimi (1-0) out pointed Younis Ahmad (0-1) and Luke Hasan (1-0) out pointed Ali Muthaffar (0-1) both victories coming by shut out scores of 40-36. Things weren't any better for Ismael Ashwal (0-1) who was also shut out, though his loss came to the more expereinced Omar Awdan (3-0, 2).
The remaining 2 bouts on the show saw Mustafa Humaidi (3-0, 1) score his first victory in over 2 years as he took a decision over Najeeb Haydari (0-2) and Ali Al Ahdal (2-0, 1) also return from more than 2 years out as he defeated Somalia's Mawj Abdulrezak (1-1).
In Japan we know theres a strong and thriving boxing world and it was again on show on Sunday with 2 seperate cards.
The most notable of those cards was held at Aioi Hall in Kariya whilst the other show as at the Act City, Hamamatsu.
The main event at the Aioi Hall saw two of Japan's top Light Flyweights clash though the ending was less than apt as Yuki Sano (17-3-5, 12) and Takashi Omae (10-3-5, 1) suffered a 2nd technical draw. Sano, ranked #5 in Japan was looking to bounce back from a stoppage loss to Noaya Inoue though unfortunately this result with Omae (himself ranked #10) is very unlikely to help him get back on the right track.
Things were better however for Japan's #7 ranked Featherweight Shinji Takayama (19-3, 11) who stopped the over matched Hiroki Yoshimura (7-8, 4) in the 4th of 8 scheduled rounds. This was one of only 2 stoppages on the card with the other seeing bebutant Yoshiki Goto (1-0, 1) retiring fellow debutant Kei Iba (0-1).
Goto and Iba wre just 2 of 4 debutants on the card. The other two debutants, Kazuyuki Tomita and Ryoya Kishimoto (both 1-0), both claimed decision victories. For Tomito the victory was hard fought but clear as he over came Teruyuki Kobashi (2-8-1, 1) however Kishimoto was pushed all the way by Yoshiaki Inoue (0-2-1) in a bout that genuinely could have gone either way.
Kishimoto wasn't the only fighter to take a narrow decision with Shota Suito (8-3-1, 1) also claiming a very narrow one over Hajime Kawase (4-6-2) by scored of 58-57 across the board.
The remaining bout on the card saw Yuji Shimizu (14-7-1, 1) effectively shutting out Yoshihiro Kinjo (7-17-2, 2) over 8 rounds. Kinjo claimed a portion of a round on 2 of the scorecards in a relatively clear victory for Shimizu.
In Act City the show featured 10 bouts with the headline fight seeing Yuta Horiike (8-1-3, 2) take a split decision over journeyman Yusuke Morishima (22-21-5, 7). This was surprisingly close considering Morishima had been stopped in his last 4 contests and is winless in the last 3 years, though it was Horiike's first bout contested over the 8 round distance.
In Middleweight action Hidenori Tajima (14-10-1, 8) over came Norio Takeuchi (4-12-1, 4) pretty decisively on the cards in 1 of the shows trio of 6 round bouts which also saw Tetsuya Muraki (7-10, 1) clearly defeat Yasumasa Eguchi (6-8-2, 3) and Yuki Fujimoto (6-2-1, 1) just out pointing Kengo Maruhashi (4-11-2, 4).
The rest of the card was all competed over the 4 round distance between novices.
The novice bouts saw Hisao Narita (3-1, 1) narrowly over come Elfelos Vega (1-1, 1) in one of two majority decisions with Shachihoko Dragons Keita (2-1, 1) taking the other over Tetsuya Koide (0-1).
Koide was one of 5 debutants on the card with only Misterio Torres (1-0) coming out ontop, albeit against fellow debutat Kenta Ide (0-1). Unfortunately this meant there was losses for Tetsuya Morisada and Junichi Ibato (both 0-1). Ibato's loss will be the easier of the two as he was competitive in losing a 4 round decision to Shogo Yamaguchi (1-0-1) whilst Morisada was a stoppage victim to Kazuaki Okada (2-0, 2).
The remaining bout on the card was at Flyweight as Eita Sakurai (2-0) inflicted the another loss on to the record of Hiroki Yajima (0-4).