A few days ago we receieved a number of comments regarding Yemen's KO sensation Ali Raymi (12-0, 12). The comments, which we believe originate from Yemen, spoke about Raymi taking on the then unbeaten Somalian Ali Dridi (8-1, 3).
That very fight occured earlier today in what could described as a bit of a Yemen domestic superfight. Unfortunately for our friend who left the comments the fight didn't go the way he had expected, instead it went the way every Raymi fight seems to go and the Yemen KO sensation scored his 12th straight opening round T/KO victory.
Amazingly the victory for Raymi was his 3rd in July and his 8th since the start of May.
The same card featured 2 other bouts as Omar Awdan (4-0, 2) narrowly overcame Ali Al Ahdal (2-1, 1) to win a majority decision and Munir Abdulqadir (1-0) Hasan Sabra (1-1). From these results we'd not be shocked if Raymi took on Awdan next as he looks to extend his KO streak.
In Japan the unbeaten Yushi Tanaka (10-0-3, 6) claimed the WBC Youth World Bantamweight title thanks to a very narrow decision over Filipino Vergel Nebran (11-5-1, 7).
The same card also saw stoppage victories for Akihiro Matsumoto (12-4-1, 5) and Shota Hayashi (20-5-1, 12) over debuting Thai's Mahahia Bobbygym (0-1) and Farungruang Manopkanchang (0-1).
On the same show there were also 3 "Rookie of the Year" bouts which saw victories for Ryuji Ueda (3-0)-who over came Kener Lucas (1-1); Takashi Hisano (1-3)-who defeated Kenta Yokoe (2-5-1, 1) and Toshikatsu Nishio (2-1, 1) who claimed a victory over Satoshi Yamamichi (1-3, 1). All of these bouts were unanimous decisions.
Also in Japan were 10 bouts fought at the Incubation Center, Amagasaki. These bouts were, to the best of our knowledge, part of the Rookie of the year competition.
The heaviest weight that saw action was the Welterweight division which saw a victory for Hideo Mikan (4-4-1, 1) who scored his 3rd win in 4 bouts by stopping Takayuki Ishimoto (0-3).
At Super Featherweight Ken Osato (3-0, 2) maintained his perfect record thanks to an opening round blast out of Ryusuke Hosoki (3-4-1, 1). Aged just 19 we're certainly going to keep a close eye on Osato and his progress through the tournament.
The Featherweight division saw a minor upset as Takuya Hashimoto (3-1, 3) bounced back from his sole loss and took out Tatsuma Hirayama (5-2, 1) in just 2 rounds.
Super Bantamweight featured two bouts as both Bunta Mitaka (3-0-1) and Shohei Kawashima(4-0, 1) claimed victories. Mitaka overcame the more experienced Riichi Kawase (3-4-2) in a very close contest that saw all 3 judges scoring 39-38 in favour of Mitaka. Kawashima's victory was only a little bit clearer as he defeated Takuya Yamamoto (1-1, 1) in a tough contest that saw both men giving their all.
There was also two fights in the Bantamweight division. For the unbeaten Tatsuya Ikemizu (4-0, 2) things were clear with his victory over the previously unbeaten Tomonori Ichiki (3-1, 2) however in the division's other bout Monkey Shuhei (4-2-1, 2) was held to a split decision draw with Takashi Abe (1-0-1).
The Shuhei/Abe fight was one of two draws on the card with the other seeing Kenta Sugimoto (5-4-1) held by Keisuke Tabuchi (3-1-2, 3) in one of the 2 Super Flyweight contests. The other fight at the weight saw the Mexican born Johnny Abarca (6-0, 1) scoring his first stoppage taking out Yu Yan (2-2-2, 1).
In the sole bout fought at Minimumweight Takeshi Sone (3-1-1, 1) became the first man to defeat Shogo Hayashi (5-1-1, 3) as he claimed a clear decision.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.