In a busy day around Asia we saw a number of title fights ranging from World title bouts to just regional belts and they ranged from 1-sided beat downs to flat out wars of attrition. In fact the day really had it all.
In the earliest of action we had bouts in Thailand. The most notable of those bouts saw the unbeaten Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (20-0, 14) getting off the canvas to defeat Behzod Nabiev (21-5-1, 15) and defend the PABA Welterweight title. The knockdown was eye catching but Teerachai showed real heart to get up and fight back claiming a very solid victory in the end.
As well as a win for Teerachai, Thailand was also the country that saw victories for Nop Kratingdaenggym (3-0, 1), Mike Tawatchai (29-7-1, 20), Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (19-2, 13) and Patomsuk Pathompothong (24-1-1, 15) who defended his IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title.
In Russia the headlines came from 2 world title bouts. Although Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18) managed to defend his WBA Heavyweight title thanks a 3rd round TKO victoy over Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1, 13) the headlines were clearly stolen by Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19). Although Lebedev was stopped by Panamanian Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 21) he showed amazing heart in a losing bout for the WBA Cruiserweight title.
The Povetkin bout was a mismatch from start to end though it did act as a stay busy fight for Povetkin before a prospective bout with Wladimir Klitschko later this year. A full write up of this bout can be found here. For Lebedev his loss may be very hard to come back from as he took a lot of facial damage that could well keep him out of the ring for a long time, if not a actually force his retirement. A full write up of the Jones v Lebedev fight can be read here.
As well as the headline setting card in Russia and the notable action in Thailand there was also 2 cards in Japan. The most notable of those was at the Central Gym, Kobe.
In Kobe fans were treat to a 7 fight card that was headlined by Yuhei Suzuki (12-3, 9) defeating Accel Sumiyoshi (3-2, 1) via 5th round TKO.
As well as the victory for Suzuki there was also a career best victory for Shohei Okuda (8-0, 4) who over-came Burning Ishii (4-1, 1) via hard fought split decision.
The other results saw Takahiro Shigee (8-0-1, 7) stopping Choksawee Chamnantan (0-1) inside a round; debuting pair Shun Kubo (1-0, 1) and Yuki Yonaha (1-0, 1) blasting out their Thai opponents Yodson Kamnoi (0-2) and Tienchai Sor Kanitsorn (0-2) in the second of a scheduled 6 rounds; Kosuke Isono (5-1-1, 1) over-coming Akifumi Hayashi (4-9-1, 1) and Ryo Kosaka (6-2-1, 3) out pointing Shinsuke Ishikawa (6-6, 2).
The other Japanese card, held at the Korakuen Hall, featured 11 bouts with novices really packing out the card. With 11 bouts on the card we won't go through all the results but there were opening round victories for debuting pair Kazuto Nakane and Araki Yamazaki (both now 1-0, 1) whilst the card also featured 2 draws.
In Australia there was action for two more Asian fighters as the Filipino born Roberto Oyan (20-38-4, 7) and Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (12-3, 3) were both beaten.
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.