A busy weekend in Asian boxing continues through out Saturday as well as Sunday.
Whilst Friday gave us "Dangan 66" in Japan, Saturday will give us the "#519 Dynamic Glove" show. A show that features 8 contests. As well as the Japan show we are expecting action in Russia and a trio of international bouts in the US.
We'll of course start with the domestic action in the Korakuen Hall. The holy land of Japanese boxing.
The Japanese show kicks off with the debuting Flyweight Naoki Mochizuki (0-0) facing off against the winless Ryohei Takahashi (0-1-1). Muchizuki is one of three debutants on this card and, on paper, has the easiest assignment, though Takahashi will be out to score his first professional victory.
Following Mochizuki's debut we then get to see the second debutant on the show as Kainuma Teppei (0-0) takes on Nobuya Sugimoto (1-2-1). This bout, contracted at a 58KG limited, is hard to say much about, though it serves as the second of 4 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. The remaining 4 round contests see Yu Kinjo (3-2, 3) fight Takaki Sakurai (3-4-1, 1) in a Lightweight contests and Tatsuya Matsumoto (2-2) taking on Kenta Taguchi (1-5-1) in a Super Flyweight bout.
The third, and final, debutant on the show is the former amateur stand out Kensuke Sasaki (0-0), a man who won 43 of 52 amateur contests. Sasaki's potential seems to be really exciting and Teiken have him going in hard here as he takes on the once beaten Kenta Okumura (10-1-1, 2) in a 6 round contest. Aged just 21 we're very excited about the debut of Sasaki and the brave matchmaking here shows that we're not the only ones excited about him.
The Sasaki/Okumura bout is the only contest on the show scheduled for 6 rounds. Immediately following it will be an 8 rounder featuring two hard hitting fighters as Kenichi Ogawa (9-1, 7) battles Yuki Miyoshi (11-3-2, 9). We doubt the Ogawa/Miyoshi bout will go the distance and with the power of the two men we're hoping for an explosive shoot out.
Whilst we certainly don't expect Ogawa/Miyoshi to go the distance we'd be shocked if the second 8 round bout didn't go the scheduled as Shuji Hamada (12-5-3, 2) fights Tetsuma Hayashi (22-2-1, 7). With just 9 stoppages between them from 45 fights it'd be a real shock to see either fighter stopping the other here.
In the show's main event recent world title challenger Ryo Akaho (20-1-2, 13) takes in Filipino visitor Jecker Buhawe (14-9-1, 9). Interestingly Buhawe is 1-1 in Japan and he could possibly be a banana skin for Akaho who we think is going up to Bantamweight for this bout. Akaho should certainly be expected to win, but this is far from a gimme.
We're expecting a 6 bout card in Russia. The main event is expected to see Gennady Martirosyan (22-3, 11) in action, unfortunately however he has yet to have his opponent named.
The rest of the Russian card sees all debutant action through out. We expect to see Vasily Tyan (0-0) taking on Vitaly Aleshin (0-0), Evgeny Tsukanov (0-0) fighting Vagif Mekhraliev (0-0), Sergey Arbuzov (0-0) battling Sergey Goryainov (0-0), Sergey Martirosyan (0-0) up against Nikolay Efimov (0-0) and Suleyman Yaraliev (0-0) in action against Nikita Sergeev (0-0). Unfortunately we've no real details about any of the fighters involved in theses bouts.
Whilst the show in Japan is certainly notable we're more excited about "Monsters Collide", a world title show in the US.
Headlining "Monsters Collide" is Kazakhstan's Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 14). Golovkin, the WBA Middleweight champion, will be defending his crown against American hopeful Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18) in what could potentially be a shoot out between two big hitters. In terms skills Golovkin is the more complete fighter but Stevens will know this is his big shot and he'll believe he has the power to hurt the champion. This really could be the fight of the weekend and have the potential for the round of the year.
It's not just the Middleweight title bout that promises big excitement but also one of the major support bouts. In a very exciting Heavyweight class Russian destroyer Magomed Abdusalamov (18-0, 18) will face Cuban Mike Perez (19-0, 12). With the record's of the two men it would be a shock if this one even went 6 rounds though both will be wanting to reamin unbeaten and pick up the WBC United States (USNBC) Heavyweight title meaning we may see both play it safe for a round or two.
In the final bout of interest in the US Isa Akberbayev (10-0-0-1, 7) will takes on Brian Clookey (4-0-2, 2). This will be Akberbayev's first bout since being knocked out cold by Anthony Ferrante in Janiuary, a bout later over-turned to a No Contest following Ferrante failing a drugs test. The big question here is how will Akberbayev return from that contest