The biggest bout this coming Saturday, for fans of Asian boxing, comes from Thailand where WBC Minmumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (46-0, 17) hunts a 7th defense of the title as he takes on Australian based fighter Omari Kimweri (16-3, 6). Wanheng will be strongly favoured here but hasn't shone in recent bouts, even the stay busy fights have seen him put on less than great performances, and it does sometimes seem like he's on cruise control. A win here for Wanheng will take him to within touching distance of 50-0 but Kimweri will not have travelled to just lose.
As well as the big bout in Thailand there will also be a low profile card in Tokyo.
The main event of this card does look interesting as Japan's Daisuke Watanabe (5-2, 3) takes on big punching Filipino Jun Blazo (7-2-3, 6). We've been impressed by Watanabe so far, despite the fact he has a couple of losses, and his team are willing to continue pushing him hard and in risky bouts, and this is certainly a risky one. Blazo's power is genuine and he dropped Koki Eto in a previous visit to Tokyo, suggesting he could be a handful for Watanabe.
Another Japanese fighter facing a Filipino is Coach Hiroto (11-2-1, 3), who faces Glenn Medura (8-2-1, 5). Madura, like Blazo, is returning to Japan having faced someone much better known than themselves, losing to Ryosuke Iwasa, but will fancy his chances here against Hiroto, who has been out of the ring for close to 5 years.
Another bout on this card will see the promising Shuma Nakazato (5-0-1, 4) take on a Thai foe in what will be his first 6 rounder. Nakazato showed real promise in 2015 but was out of the ring since fighting to a draw with Teppei Kayanuma in the All Japan Rookie of the Year final. This should be a straight forward comeback, but with nothing known about his Thai foe it could be a tougher than expected assignment for the 20 year old Okinawan.
This coming Friday is expected to be a quiet day in Asia boxing.
New South Wales, Australia
Of the bouts we know about the most interesting will be the “better than his record” Espinos Sabu (16-12-2, 9), from Indonesia, taking on the unbeaten TJ Doheny (16-0, 12). Although Sabu is better than his record, and has mixed with stiff competition, it's hard to see him over-coming Doheny here, though hopefully he makes a bit of a fight of things.
In the US fans will see Kyrgyzstan born Sultan Zamir Uulu (0-0) make his debut, as he faces Nahir Albright (1-1) in what should be a straight forward debut. Uulu is based in Pennsylvania and will have some local support behind him but it's worth noting that Albright is also a local, and did come out with a win last time out.
There isn't much Asian action to kick off June but what there is is interesting as former world title challenger Michael Farenas (41-5-4, 33) battles against against a yet to be named opponent. This will be Farenas' first bout since his October 2015 stay busy win against Suor Carryboy and he'll be looking for a win as he looks to move towards another notable fight. Although not the most skilled fighter the 32 year old Southpaw is an all action fighter who has mixed with Takashi Uchiyama, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jose Pedraza in world level fights.
The Rookie of the Year tournament is one of the most significant tournaments in boxing and this coming Wednesday fight fan in Tokyo will see tournament really begin to get going with 11 bouts at the Korakuen Hall.
The show will see bouts taking place from Minimumweight to Welterweight and although none of the fighters are well known today the winners of the tournament will be regarded as big time prospects by the end of the year.
The Minimumweight bout will see teenager Shunsuke Isa (3-0, 1) battle against Kaname Yamamoto (2-1) in what should be a decent test for Isa, who only made his debut last September.
Up at Welterweight Takashi Takamoto (0-2) will be seeking his first win as he takes on Shodai Nagata (1-2). It's unlikely either of these men will progress far in the tournament but the contest should still be an interesting one with both men being hungry to pick up a win and give their careers a shot in the arm.
The final Japanese show for the month of May will be a special Danagn can featuring fighters from Japan battling against fighters from China.
The card is a very low key affair, so it won't feature top fighters from either country, but it is an interesting look at what Dangan keep trying, with the card expected to be the first of a mini series of shows where Japanese novices will take on novices from other countries.
There is no one with any name value on the card, but we would suggest keeping an eye on this card as it really could be a very interesting show, and could help open the door to talent from China, Vietnam, Korea, Mongolia and other countries in the region over the long term.
The show is set to feature 10 bouts in total, with 6 of them being part of the Japan Vs China theme, and not one of the bouts is scheduled for more than 4 rounds, suggesting this is unlikely to be a memorable show, but it's still a nice idea and should be a fun affair for the fans at the Korakuen Hall.
There is only one show in Japan this coming Sunday.
The main event of the card will see under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (10-2-1, 4) return to Japan for the first time since losing his unbeaten record to Ken Shiro. The Filipino youngster will be up against Japanese veteran Koji Itagaki (17-11-2, 7) in what looks like a really intriguing fight. Sumalpong is a real talent, but has lost 2 of his last 3 and needs a win of note now. Itagaki has mixed at a high level, but has lost in recent contests to Rey Loreto and Kenichi Horikawa, and will be hoping to use that experience here.
In an under-card bout of interest we'll see Taiyo Inoue (6-3-1, 4) face the experienced but light hitting Kenta Sugimoto (11-10-1, 1) in a good looking bout that won't set pulses racing, but should be a good fight all the same.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines we have two shows, though very few bouts of actual note. Although the bouts aren't big one of the bouts will see the very promising Giemel Magramo (17-1, 13) battle against John Rey Lauza (13-13-4, 6), in what should be an easy win for the once beaten man. Last year we saw Magramo suffer a narrow loss to Muhammad Waseem, and he should bounce back with a win here.
The other Filipino show is very unexciting.
One of the main bouts will see Richard Rosales (11-4-2, 6) battle domestic journeyman Rey Morano (9-50-2, 1) whilst another will see the unbeaten Roldan Sasan (2-0, 1) face professional loser Reynaldo Buluan (3-12-2, 1).
In China we get a bizarrely interesting looking bout between two men who could, in all fairness, be called professional losers. The bout will pit local veteran Xinghua Wang (12-14-1), one of the most experienced fighters in Chinese boxing, up against Japan's Ken Achiwa (11-11-5, 4). Wang is likely to be the fan favourite, but has gone 2-6 in his last 8, and is clearly struggling for form. As for Achiwa he's actually in good form with a 3-0-3 run in his last 6 bouts, dating back more than 3 years.
The biggest card of the day, for Asian boxing at least, will be in Singapore where there will be a host of UBO title fights. There's too much going on on this card for us to cover everything, but we've spotted 3 bouts which have intrigued is.
At Super Featherweight we'll see the unbeaten Singaporean local Muhamad Ridhwan (7-0, 6) battle against Fadhili Majiha (20-8-4, 9) in what is a credible step up for Ridhwan. The 29 year old, dubbed “The Chosen Wan”, has impressed so far and has stopped his last 6 foes but this is a very tough step up against a 23 year old Tanzanian who has gone the distance with fighters like Immanuel Naidjala, Pungluang Sor Singyu and Marlon Tapales.
Up at 154lbs we'll see Thai veteran Sirimongkol Singwancha (91-3, 57) face off with Indonesian Larry Siwu (24-8, 20). The Thai, looking for his 92nd win, is now 39 years old and fighting well above his best weight, but is still a talented fighter and he is a handful at regional level, and should be favoured here. Saying that however he could get old over-night. Aged 34 Siwu is no spring chicken and he has lost 3 of his last 5, but could be a tough ask for the Thai if he's on song.
In an interesting non-Asian bout we'll see Canadian Ryan Ford (11-0, 7) battle against New Zealander Robert Berridge (29-6-1, 21). Although this bout has no direct connection with Asia we do enjoy Ford's run recent run through Asia, and this will be his 4th bout in the region in just over a year. This UBO Light Heavyweight bout is a good test for Ford, and it will be fun to see how he gets on with someone like Berridge.
In Mexico fans will see popular veteran warrior Orlando Salido (43-13-4-1, 30) battle against Thai puncher Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (18-2, 14). Not too long ago we saw Salido have an up-and-down war with Terdsak Kokietgym, and since then he has had 3 really tough wars, but even with those wars he should be favoured here against the Thai, who has lost 2 of his last 3.
Ansan, South Korea
There will also be title action in Sout Korea where fans get two title fights.
One of those will see Gyu Won Lee (4-2-1, 2) battle against the unbeaten Heuk San Lee (2-0-1, 1) for the vacant South Korean Light Middleweight title. Gyu is a former Korean Middleweight champion, but he was beaten last time out and is certainly not something special. Heuk, also known as Abdoulaye Assan, is a Cameroon born fighter who looked great last time out but is a small Light Middleweight.
The other bout is a much less attractive contest as the out of form Da Won Seo (3-6-1, 1) takes on the equally faltering Gwang Shik Na (2-7, 1) for a Korean Super Flyweight title. Of the two men Seo has the slightly better record but has shared the ring with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, and lasted the distance with the Thai. Na on the other hand has just 1 win in his last 5 and has only ever beaten a couple of debutants.
We get the next of the A-Sign shows this coming Friday and it's another really solid card, littered with really solid Japanese domestic match ups. It won't get a lot of headlines but it will provide some really good action for the fans in attendance.
The main event will see Akihiro Kondo (28-6-1, 15) take on Yuya Okazaki (12-9-2, 4) in what should be an entertaining bout, but a one-sided one. Of the two men Kondo is the one who will be strongly favoured, and in fact he's on the verge of a potential world title fight and is essentially risking that shot here. Okazaki is a former OPBF title challenger and is generally a tough guy, but shouldn't really be able to hold his own here against a resurgent Kondo who has won his last 7.
Arguably the best on the card will see touted youngster Kazuki Tanaka (7-0, 5) take on the twice beaten Ryohei Takahashi (10-2-1, 2). Touted as a star from his debut Tanaka has looked great at times, but less than great at others and does appear to be falling short of expectation so far. Although he has two losses to his name Takahashi is better than his record suggests, having lost on debut back in 2012 and also losing to the talented Andrew Moloney in Australia. Takahashi comes into this following a brilliant win over Wataru Takeda last October.
Also on this card is an interesting rematch as former world title challenger Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6) takes on Kai Johnson (5-10-3, 2), who actually inflicted Takano's first loss. The taller, younger, rangier Tankano will be looking for revenge but was worn down by the hungrier Johnson when the two clashed in June 2014. Johnson has lost 5 in a row since beating Takano, but will fancy her chances again here.
In the Philippines fans will see Boy Dondee Pumar (10-7-3, 4) battle for the PBF Super Bantamweight title.
Camarines Sur, Philippines
On Wednesday we get more low key action in the Philippines.
In the main event fans will see Jerwin Mejes (4-2-2, 3) take on the limited Firman Kanda (2-9-1, 1) in a 10 rounder, a 10 rounder that really doesn't look that good. The 25 year old Mejes is unbeaten in his last 3 bouts, but hasn't looked through his career so far. Although limited Mejes does seem to be getting better, but is a long, long, long way from being considered a prospect. Kanda is an Indonesian who, apparently, debuted almost 20 years ago and won just once in the last 12 years. This is a horrible main event if we're being honest.
On the under-card we get a more interesting bout as debutants collide. The bout in question will see Ercypin Balter (0-0) battle against Antonio Reyes (0-0). The bout isn't going to make headlines, but at least it's an interesting match up and one where both men will be looking to secure a win, always a good thing in our eyes.
After a huge weekend in Japan we see action quieten off and the only Asian card this coming Monday is a small show in the Philippines.
The main event of the card is an interesting GAB Light Flyweight title fight as Lester Abutan (11-6-3, 5) takes on the out of form Rene Patilano (16-3-3, 8). Abuton comes into this bout as the reigning champion, having won the belt last June when he defeated Renren Tesorio, and he's certainly better than his record suggests, having run Fahlan Sakkreerin very close last year. Once touted as one to watch Patilano has lost 2 of his last 4, including a 6th round KO loss to Kosei Tanaka. This could be an excellent bout for fans at the Binan Town Plaza.
Another interesting look bout will see Lloyd Jardeliza (7-5-3, 6), a former OPBF Super Bantamweight title contender, take on Jimmy Aducal (8-6-2, 6) in what could be a bombs away affair. Neither man is going to the top, but both can bang, and both have very similar records, suggesting this a real 50-50.
One other bout of note will see Mark Rey Taday (6-2, 3) take on the once beaten Toto Landero (8-1-2, 2) in another good match up. Again neither guy looks likely to be moved into a world title fight any time soon, if ever, but both can be very good at domestic level and this could be a really fun bout.