Yu Kawaguchi Vs Takahiro Yamamoto II (OPBF)
The first title bout of a new month comes on August 2nd as we see a re-run of an incredibly competitive bout that took place back in April. In the first bout Yu Kawaguchi (23-6, 10) claimed a split decision over Takahiro Yamamoto (15-4, 12) to claim the OPBF Bantamweight title. There was very little in their first bout and we don't expect to see much between the men here. Notably this show will also feature the retirement ceremony of Nobuhiro Ishida, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Pungluang Sor Singyu Vs Ryo Akaho (WBO)
The first world title fight of the month comes on August 7th as Pungluang Sor Singyu (50-3, 34) attempts to become a 2-time WBO Bantamweight champion as he battles Japanese slugger Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18) for the vacant title. This promises to be a very tough bout for both men though it's also likely to be a very exciting and intriguing contest between a tough pressure fighter and a real slugger.
"Duel in Dubai 2"
Also on August 7th is a treat for Dubai based boxing fans as ALA take one of their brightest talents on the road in what is being dubbed "Duel in Dubai 2". The show isn't a huge one but it does feature the sensationally talented Albert Pagara (23-0, 16) fighting in the main event against Mexican foe Jesus Rios (31-7-1, 25) in a very good looking main event. A win here for Pagara is expected but it's a good step in the right direction as he moves towards a world title fight in the next year or two. Also on this card will be Jimrex Jaca (39-8-4, 22) and Jason Pagara (35-2, 22).
Akio Shibata Vs Yasuyuki Akiyama (OPBF/JP 160)
Unified Japanese and OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (25-8-1, 11) defends his title in a re-arranged bout against Yasuyuki Akiyama (10-4-1, 8). This bout was mean to take place way back in March though Akiyama suffered an injury which caused this bout to be cancelled first time around. It's hard to see anything but a successful defense for Shibata but Akiyama has been in good form recently.
Masayuki Ito Vs Dai Iwai (OPBF 130)
One of the most intriguing OPBF title fights this month comes on August 10th in a contest for the vacant 130lb title. The bout will see the once beaten Masayuki Ito (16-1-1, 7) take on the slightly more experienced Dai Iwai (17-3-1, 6) in what appears to be a really good looking bout. Ito is looking to bounce back from his first loss, a close decision to Rikki Naito, whilst Iwai is looking to score, by far, the biggest win of his career. A really good match up.
Vinvin Rufino Vs Ryo Takenaka (OPBF 126)
On the same August 10th show fans will see Filipino road warrior Vinvin Rufino (37-16-3, 16) defending his OPBF Featherweight crown against Japan's Ryo Takenaka (12-3-1, 6). This, like the other bout on the same day, is a really intriguing contest and a must win for both men who know that another loss, at this stage in their careers, really would be a major problem.
Satoshi Hosono Vs Tatsuya Otsubo (JP 126)
The only stand alone Japanese title fight in August will see the heavy handed Japanese Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono (27-2-1, 20) defending his title against the somewhat obscure Tatsuya Otsubo (8-6-1, 3). Hosono, in his second reign as the domestic champion, is looking for this 3rd successive defense and it's really hard to see how Otsubo would unseat him here, however the challenger has won his last 6 and is in great form.
Daiki Kaneko Vs Masao Nakamura (non-title)
The best non-title bout taking place in Asia in August takes place on August 21st and is a genuinely thrilling match up on paper between two fringe contenders each looking for a huge win. The bout matches the teak tough and freakishly strong Daiki Kaneko (21-4-3, 14) up against the thunderously hard hitting Masao Nakamura (19-3, 19). Coming in both have suffered recent losses but both will know a win here puts them immediately back into the Japanese and OPBF title mix.
Carolina Rodriguez Vs Tenkai Tsunami (IBF Female 118)
The world level action is really lacking through August through on August 22nd we get a female world title bout. The contest in question sees Japanese road warrior Tenkai Tsunami (21-10, 10) going over to Chile to take on local hero Carolina Rodriguez (14-0, 1) in a bout for Rodriguez's IBF female Bantamweight title. This is a really tough ask for Tsunami, especially given Rodriguez's status as boxing royalty in Chile, but the challenger certainly shouldn't be written off given her experience and talent.
Nakatani Vs Murata (OPBF 135)
The final OPBF title fight of the month takes place on August 28th as Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (10-0, 5) makes the 4th defense of hit title. The lanky Ioka prospect will be looking to over-come the little known Kazuya Murata (11-4, 5) in what really looks a bit like a mismatch, however Nakatani was disappointed by his own performance last time out and will be looking to make a statement this time out.
(All images courtesy of boxmob.jp)