In the biggest victory of his career so far teenager Roman Zhailauov (8-0, 6) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Welterweight title thanks to an eye catching victory over Damir Konushbaev (6-10-1, 3). The bout, a minor step up for Zhailauov, was ended in the second round as the youngster stopped his opponent from Kyrgyzstan. This was the second meeting between the two men and the second victory for Zhailauov (who won on points last time).
On the same card as Zhailauov there was a victory for the impossibly hard matched Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (6-6, 2) who out pointed debutant Syrgak Assanov (0-1) over 4 rounds and also a victory for Ruslan Madiev (1-0) who over-came Meirzhan Perdeshev (0-3).
The results above were all victories for Kazakhstan based fighters, though there was also a victory for the Kazakhstan born former world Heavyweight world title holder Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28) in Russia. Maskaev, a former WBC champion, over came Jason Gavern (21-14-4, 10) despite being knocked down in round 9 (more due to exhaustion than anything else).
Unfortunately Russia did see losses for Jahongir Mamadjanov (7-5, 1) who retired at the end of the 4th round as he took on Aik Shakhnazaryan (6-0, 2).
In Japan the action came thick and fast with 4 cards all the same day.
Of the 4 Japanese cards it was arguably the one in Sangyo Hall, Kanazawa that was the most interesting as it had a genuinely different feel to the other three.
Promoted by Kashimi Promotions the card only featured 4 bouts but all 4 had an international feel to them with with fighters from throughout Asia competing, in fact only 1 of the 8 men was actually Japanese.
The world ranked Marlon Tapales (22-2, 9) of the Philippines defeated Ruben Manakane (12-10, 8) via 4th round TKO to record his first win on Japanese soil. Tapales's joy was joined by that of compatriots Jonathan Baat (24-4-3, 11) and Mark Gil Melligen (17-4-1, 8). Baat managed to claim a very competitive 9th round technical decision over China's Qiu Xiao Jun (6-2, 3) whilst Melligen stopped Indonesia's James Mokoginta (24-11-2, 12) in 6 rounds.
The only Japanese fighter on the card was local attraction Akihiro Matsumoto (11-4-1, 5) who managed to overcome South Korean Il-Kwon Kim (5-2, 2) via a 10 round decision.
It's hard to fault Kashimi promotions with this show, though sadly they've been too inactive to really make a mark like they should do. Hopefully they'll do another show with Filipino fringe contender Rolly Matsushita later this year.
In the Shimizu Marine Building Mitsuyama Promotions put on a 7 fight card. The under card saw a debut victory for Akito Sugahara (1-0, 1) who stopped Naoto Kusunoki (0-6) at the very end of the 3rd round. Sugahara's stoppage was one of just 2 on the card with the other seeing Akira Tsurumi (10-4, 10) knocking out Thoedkiad Singhamanasak (0-2).
Amongst other under card winners on the show were Tokunori Hoshiyama (4-1-1), Koichi Nagatsuka (2-1) and Makoto Kato (7-6, 2) who all claimed unanimous decision. Rather interestingly the bout between Shigemi Mori (0-1-1) and Kiyoshi Tanaka (0-3-1) failed to find a winner so both remain with out a win.
The main event saw Jason Mitsuyama (21-8, 10) claiming a highly controversial split decision over Ryoji Okahata (8-8-5, 1). Few would have complained had Okahata claimed the victory or at the very least a draw against the Filipino Super Bantamweight champion.
In the “Foodpal Kumamoto” Honda Fitness gave us a 7 bout card, though it was most novices facing off. Of those novices it was difficult to be impressed by anyone. The main event however was worth making a note about as Tatsuya Fukuhara (12-2-3, 3) stopped debutant Attachailek Sithsaithong (0-1) as he tried to stay busy before a bout with Musashi Suzuki in early June.
The final card that we've got results from was held at the “Sumiyoshi Ward Center” in Osaka. This card, much like the Foodpal card above, was mostly about the novices with again no one really standing out, though Hiroaki Iwakura (1-0, 1) did make a good impression on debut.
Although the bout was mainly novices it did have 2 competitive 6 round bouts with Junya Nishikawa (6-3-2, 2) claiming a majority decision over Hideyuki Inoue (6-8) and Kosuke Saka (7-1, 5) out pointing Satoru Sugita (6-2-1, 4) in a very well matched bout.
The main event was a mismatch however as Takayuki Hosokawa (23-10-3, 8) blasted out debutant Thongpitak Patavikorngym (0-1). Although the bout was a total mismatch it was likely made so that Hosokawa could shake off the ill effects of his stoppage loss last time out to Akio Shibata back in January.