With the best card happening in Korea lets start there for today's look at the upcoming action and it's fight poster.
The main event sees the highly talented Min-Wook Kim (10-1, 7) defending his OPBF Light Welterweight title for the 4th time. Kim, a talented puncher from Seoul will be facing former Japanese title challenger Valentine Hosokawa (16-3-3, 8) who lost last time out to Shinya Iwabuchi, who incidentally Kim beat in last contest. With their results against Iwabuchi fresh in the mind it's hard to pick against Kim.
The co-main event sees the WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (8-0, 5) attempt to defend her belt for the second time as she takes on former WBA female Atomweight champion Mari Ando (10-5, 5). On paper this looks like an excellent match up between two very highly regarded fighters who should put on a very good bout together.
As well as the fabulous double header the show also has a fantastic chief support bout as Korean Jaesung Lee (16-3-1, 9) fights unbeaten Filipino Ernesto Saulong (12-0, 5). The bout is a big step up for Saulong but he does take his unbeaten record into the ring with him and obviously the confidence that that brings with it.
With those 3 great bouts it's fair to say the rest of the card is a bit weak. The most noteworthy bouts from the remaining 7 undercard contests see Hyun-Kyum Park (3-0, 2) fighting Joon-Chul Kim (1-0) and Sung-Tak Joo (2-0-2, 1) facing Woo-Shin Kim (3-0-1, 1) in a rematch after they drew earlier this year. Both of these bouts are in the Welterweight division and both look competitive though when you consider they are “the best of the rest” you realise just how poor the undercard is.
The other undercard bouts see Moon-Sun Jung (1-1-2) fighting Sung-Joon Park (2-0) in a rematch of both fighter's debuts, Tae-Il Kim (1-0) looking for his second win as he takes on debutant Hyuk-Tak Joo (0-0), female action as Jong-Sun Park (1-0, 1) fight the debuting Ji-Eun Yang (0-0) and 2 all debutant bouts between Jung-Hoon Go (0-0) and Ja-Ik Goo (0-0) and Joo-Young Kim (0-0) and Hoo-Rak Kim (0-0).
It's not only in Korea where we get action as Japan hosts a 10 bout show at the Sakai city center.
The show kicks off with an all debutant affair. We're not certain but we think it'll be Kenjiro Shibata (0-0) against Takeshi Kajikawa (0-0). We expect to see several other debutants on the card, including a second all debutant bout between Ryuji Hayashi (0-0) and Kiyoshi Matsumoto (0-0).
The remaining debutants on the show are expected to be Takuya Fukuda (0-0) who we think will be facing Michio Mizuno (0-1), a fighter ending a 9 year break from the ring, and Yoshikawa Nana (0-0) debuting against a Thai in what we are expecting will be a 6 round contest.
As well as the bouts featuring a debuting fighter there are 3 others scheduled for 4 rounds. These will see Kazuma Uemura (1-0) meeting fellow unbeaten Takaaki Kanai (1-0, 1), Keita Honke (1-2) fighting Masahiko Jikan (0-2) and a bout between Hiroki Taniguchi (3-1-1) and Wataru Sadamichi (3-4-1, 2).
After the bouts are out of the way we get a trio of bouts scheduled for 8 bouts. The first of these is at Flyweight as Shunji Nagata (7-9-2, 3) who faces Takahiro Murai (8-4-1, 3). This bout isn't the best on the card but serves as a nice warm up to a Super Flyweight featuring Shota Kawaguchi (14-4-1, 5) against a Thai opponent.
The main event will see Yoichi Oguma (14-5, 2) in action taking on another visiting Thai. Unfortunately, once again, we have struggled to work out who is it.
We also believe that there will be a card in the Philippines that seems likely to feature 5 bouts, however there is talk that this card may now have been cancelled.
The opening bouts here will see Philip Cuerdo (0-0) making his debut against Antonio Melencion (0-3-1) in an entirely winable bout and Jayson Nicart (1-2, 1) fighting Junar Adante (0-0-1). Both of these bouts are scheduled for 4 rounds.
We then expect 3 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds. The first of those is expected to be Joel Taduran (2-0) fighting JR Florendo (2-1). We expect this contest to go the 6 round distance and be genuinely competitive, although we do doubt both guys making a real name for themselves down the line.
We expect the Taduran/Florendo bout to be followed by a Feathwerweight contest between Jerron Talaman (2-4, 2) and Edsil Jungco (0-4-4). With Talaman yet to see the final bell of a bout we'd be shocked if both men were still standing after 6.
The final bout is between Ruben Traza (3-4-2) taking on Lester Abutan (2-1-1, 1) in what looks like a competitive bout even if it's not hugely compelling.
SORRY-The Philippines card has apparently been POSTPONED until Thursday August 22nd.