It's not too often that we have genuine Asian wide action but that's exactly what we had to start the month of Novemember with show's in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Yemen. All of which had some sort of notable bout that was worth knowing about.
We'll start with the Thai show, the highest profile of the 4 shows. This show, which was televised by Thai Channel 7, was headlined by a PABA Bantamweight title fight as Thailand's very own Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (50-2, 33) retained his title with a sixth round stoppage of Filipino challenger Edison Berwela (12-27-6, 3).
On the Thai undercard there were four other contests. These included Pankorn Mor Poowana (1-0, 1) scoring a debut stoppaged over fellow debutant Rakangthong Sithkrusaeng (0-1) in a bout that lasted just 3 rounds. The remaining trio of contests all went the scheduled 6 rounds as Thong Sithluangphophun (5-0, 2) out pointed the debuting Saksri Twinsgym debut (0-1), Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda (2-0) defeated Cheroenchai Sithsaithong (4-5, 3) and Phalangchai Sithsaithong (1-1) overcame debutant Veerachai Manopkarnchang (0-1).
The PABA Bantamweight title wasn't the only title bout of the day as the Interbulgo Hotel in Wonju played host to a Korean national title fight.
On a 6 fight show in Korea Bong-Joon Suk (7-1-2, 2) managed to retain his Korean Featherweight title thanks to an 8th round KO over the over-matched Chul-Hyun Lim (5-12-2, 3). Unfortunately for Lim this was his fifth failed national title challenge and we think think it will likely be his last.
As well as the Korean national title fight we also got one of the upsets of the day in Korea as the previously unbeaten Joo-Hyun Kim (4-1-2, 1) was out pointed by Sung-Baek Noh (3-6-2) over 8 rounds. This was the co-feature and a notable loss for Kim.
It was also a good day for Chinese visitor Ma Yi Ming (10-5, 6) who scored his most notable victory to date. Mind, fighting for just the second time in Korea stopped Jin-Man Jeon (13-5-1, 3) at the start of the third round. Whilst this was the third successive loss for Jeon it's by far the worst with the other two both coming to men who went on to fight for world titles.
The remaining 3 contests on this card all went to decision. These saw Seung-Yong Lee (7-0, 1) taking a split decision over Ji Tao (7-4, 2) to maintain his unbeaten record, Jae-Hwan In (3-2) taking a 6 round unanimous decision over the more experienced Ryota Yamami (4-9-2, 2) of Japan and Bum-Hyun Kim (2-1) taking a decision over the debuting Sun-Yoo Lee (0-1).
In Japan we had "Dangan 86", part of an A Class tournament. This show, whilst far from a title show was a major one in Japan and featured 9 contests.
This show began with three bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. These saw an unexpected victory for Kosuke Miura (1-5-1) who managed to out point the debuting Mitsukazu Oshita (0-1), an opening round stoppage for Kimihiro Nakagawa (1-0, 1) over fellow denutat Akihiro Shimogaki (0-1) and a draw between unbeaten pair Ippei Azuma (2-0-1, 1) and Ken Kodama (1-0-1, 1).
Following the early bouts there was then 6 bouts as part of the tournament. These featured bouts from Flyweight to Super Featherweight.
In the Flyweight contest Musashi Suzuki (10-1, 4) defeated the previously unbeaten and highly regarded Yuta Matsuo (5-1, 3). This was a step up for Matsuo and one that he failed to pass.
At Super Flyweight there was two bouts. These saw Hayato Kimura (20-5, 15) forcing the retirement of Junichiro Sugita (16-9, 7) and Kohei Kubo (16-4-1, 11) stopping Shohei Kikuzato (9-2, 4). Both of these bouts went into the fourth round rather interestingly but Sugita was stopped at the very end of the round as opposed to the middle of it like Kikuzato.
In the sole Bantamweight bout of the tournament Hiroaki Teshigawara (8-1-1, 4) over came Kota Sato (9-5-1, 4) taking a clear 6 round decision in what looked like a competitive bout on paper.
It wasn't just the Super Flyweight division that had double action but also the Super Featherweight division. In the bouts at 130 we saw Takaomi Abe (15-2-2, 1) over coming the very experienced Akihiko Nago (31-8-2, 15) and the very hard hitting Kazuya Nakano (6-2, 6) stopping Ribo Takahata (9-4-1, 2). We expect this to be Nago's final bout seeing off a long career that dates all the way back to 1995.
In Yemen we had a further six contests, though of course it was just one man who stole the headlines. Ali Raymi (18-0, 18) did it again scoring his 18th straight opening round stoppage against an unbeaten fighter. This time matched against Mustafa Humaidi (6-1, 2) it took Raymi just 47 seconds to continue his rampage through the Yemeni scene.
As well as Raymi's victory there was also three over stoppages. These saw Prince Maz (3-0, 3) stopping Luway Jaber (2-5, 2) in the second round, Faisal Fittini (3-0, 3) stopping Hamoody Jubran 1-2) and Ali Salem (10-0, 2) stopping the debuting Ahmed Matari (0-1). From these results we wouldn't be shocked to see Raymi meeting Salem next time out as Raymi looks to tie a world record for most successive opening round stoppages.
In the two remaining contests on this show we went to decision as Akram Jafwi (4-0, 1) overcame Esayas Dagim (2-3, 1) and Khaled Abdusalam (1-0) defeated Saif Khedher (0-1) in an all debutant contest,
In international action Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi (12-61-3, 1) suffered his tenth loss of the year as he was out pointed by Atif Shafiq (6-0).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.