We'll be honest August hasn't been the greatest of months though it comes to an end this Saturday and sort of whimpers out. Thankfully however there is a lot to look forward to in September!
The final card in Japan this August is an 8 bout show at the Yodogawa Ward Center. The show, promoted by Apollo Promotions, isn't a great one by any stretch of the imagination but it should give us some compelling low level match ups.
The main event will be an 8 rounder that sees the Japanese ranked Super Flyweight Tomohiro Nagakari (6-1, 1) taking on Masato Morisaki (8-3-1, 5). Nagakiri, ranked #14 by the JBC, is 31 and will have to be fast tracked if he expects to get a title fight. Saying that however there is no guarantee that he'll win here against Morisaki, also 31, who has a notable edge in experience. This isn't a fight that will interest many international fans but it's a very good domestic clash that means a lot to both men.
Although the main event is an all-Japanese clash, the more interesting bout is between Thailand's world ranked Patomsuk Pathompothong (28-2-1, 18) and Japan's limited Tatsunori Fukunaga (4-4, 1). Fukunaga has won just 1 of his last 5 bouts and in fact has won just once in 10 years! We understand that Fukunaga is the home fighter but it does seem like a meaningless mismatch with the Thai a sure fire winner going into this contest. With the bout set for 6 rounds there is a chance Patomsuk could slip up but we really can't see it.
Another 6 rounder here will see the light punching Takeshi Sone (5-3-1, 1) battle against the inactive Il Che (6-8-3, 1). For Che this bout will be his first contest in more than 5 years and he's without a win since late 2007. For the 19 year old Sone this will be his first bout since losing a 6 round decision to Aiki Koto in June.
Lanao del Norte, Philippines
In the Philippines we get another relatively lacklustre show with 4 bouts of note though little of major international interest.
the most interesting of those bouts will see the unbeaten Jeffrey Galero (10-0, 5) fight against the much more experienced Donny Mabao (21-21-1, 4). For Mabao this will be his first bout since losing to Ryuji Hara in an OPBF title bout, unfortunately for that bout Mabao was way over weight. Galero is promising but this is a huge step up for the unbeaten man.
Another promising fighter in action is Marbon Bodiongan (10-1-2, 8) who will be fighting the very light hitting Donriel Marcos (10-22-1, 1). Aged 20 there is some real promise with Bodiongan and we're happy to write off his sole loss which came 2 years ago at 115lbs, following that loss he moved up several weights accepting that his body was growing significantly. We expect Bodiongan to win but this may be tougher than it looks on paper.
A third bout that looks mismatched on paper will see Fernando Lumacad (29-9-3, 12) battle against Marjun Tabamo (8-4-1, 2). Lumacad might not be a world beater but he's certainly not a bad fighter and he should see off the domestic level Tabamo.
Strangely the most competitive of the bouts, on paper, will be a bout between two limited fighters. One of those is Ricardo Roa (11-9-2, 3) and the other is Jherom Tuyor (6-18-2, 3). Very limited fighters but is looks like it could be a competitive bout between two fighters unlikely to go far in their careers.
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This coming Friday looks to be a great one for Thai fans though outside of Thailand the day looks to be a disappointing one with little to really note, despite a Misako promoted card at the Korakuen Hall.
Wat Tako, Thailand
A televised card from Thailand will deliver a duo of title fights. For us the most notable of the two title bouts will see the hard hitting Petchchorhae Kokietgym (6-0, 4) take on Filipino journeyman Roilo Golez (15-12-1, 6) for the currently vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Flyweight title. So far we have been impressed by Petchchorhae, on the whole, though we do know he needs to improve dramatically if he's to reach the heady heights expected of him. Golez isn't great by any means but he should give the Thai a great test especially considering he has taken big name Thai's, such as Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep, Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym and Wanheng Menayothin, the distance in the past.
The other contest will see the unbeaten but untested Saenganan KKP (7-0, 5) battling against Filipino Wilber Andogan (10-15-4, 4) for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Light Flyweight title. On paper this is a mismatch but Saenganan has never faced anyone even like Andogan and so this is a step up for the unbeaten men. The Filipino has won just 1 of his last 10 and shouldn't be viewed as a real threat but we do have question marks about the Thai here.
A second Thai show will take place in Bangkok and will feature several notable names.
The main event will see Petch Sor Chitpattana (25-0, 16) defending his WBC Youth Silver Bantamweight title for the third time. Petch, who was given a great test last time out by Gerpaul Valero, will be battling with former PABA interim Flyweight champion Jaymart Toyco (14-5, 10) in what looks like being little more than an easy win for the unbeaten Thai, after all Toyco is coming up several weights for this bout.
Another of the bouts on this card will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (52-1-1, 20) taking on Indonesia's Falazona Fidal (25-40-1, 8). Strangely this will be the third meeting between the two men with the previous 2 both being decision wins for Oleydong, we'd suspect this one will go the same way, though it is a stay busy bout for the Thai who is still hoping to reclaim a world title one day.
A third bout from this show that we're aware of will see promising teenager Kongfah CP Freshmart (7-0, 3) taking on fellow unbeaten Thai youngster Sangthong Chor Pakdee (4-0, 4). We don't know much about Sangthong though he is just 18 years and made his debut as a 16 year old in May 2012. This could be a total mismatch but when unbeaten fighters face off we can see some interesting contests, we're hoping for one of those here.
In Japan we get a small card at the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will see Yuki Fukumoto (15-9, 5) taking on Yasuhiro Sakurai (7-16) in an 8 rounder. For Fukumoto this will bout will be about him trying to end a 3 fight losing streak dating back over a year. Incidentally Sakurai ended a 10 fight losing streak back in April as he over-came Seiji Watanabe via a decision. It's fair to say that neither of these men will be going far but there is a lot on the line for both of these two
The chief support bout is another 8 rounder as the heavy handed Yudai Ueno (7-6-2, 6) battles the tough but limited Kazuki Matsuyama (8-5, 4). Ueno has lost 4 of his last 5, including his most recent bout, but with his power he is dangerous it is worth noting however that Matsuyama has mixed against better opponents and may be able to take the power. Matsuyama has won 2 of his last 5 and we'd tend to feel that he has a great chance here in what looks to be close to a 50-50 bout.
A third 8 rounder will see Ryutaro Taira (8-4-1, 3) looking for his first win of the year. Taira, who has lost 3 of his last 4, will be fighting against Ryu Onigashima (12-6, 7) who has been out of the ring for almost 2 years. This is another 50-50 bout even though it's being fought at a low level. For us we tend to enjoy competitive fights rather than too many mismatches.
The rest of this card will feature a further 7 bouts, including a single 6 round contest, giving depth to what looks like a competitive though not headline making card.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia we will see another Asian in action. That will be is Korean Hwi Jong Kim (5-13, 1) taking on Valentine Borg (7-1, 4). Borg will be the clear favourite considering that Kim has lost his last 8 though he did use to look half decent and gave both Shin Ogata and Rey Bautista good contests, sadly those two bouts were more than a decade ago.
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Action is back in Tokyo this Wednesday though it's not at the Korakuen Hall with the Shinjuku FACE playing host to the show instead.
The show it's self is a 9 fight card headlined by an 8 round Bantamweight bout between Hajime Nagai (10-6-2, 2) and Ryo Nakamura (7-3, 3). To say this is a low profile main event is stating the obvious but the bout should still be fairly competitive with neither man really standing out in any way. Nagai, the slightly better fighter, has lost his last 2 and is now win-less since September 2012, in fact Nagai has gone 3-4-1 in his last 8 bouts. Nakamura on the other hand has lost 2 of his last 4 but won 7 of his last 9.
Although the main event is forgettable on paper it is the stand out bout and is significantly more interesting than the 6 round main support bout which will see former multi-time world title challenger Kayoko Ebata (7-5, 4) battling against Thai novice Petchpaya Mor Krungthepthonburi (0-1). Ebata has fought some of the best females on the Asian fight scene including Tenkai Tsunami, Samson Tor Buamas and Naoko Shibata and we expect that experience will help her over-come Petchpaya.
The other 7 bouts are all 4 rounders though they do look competitive on paper.
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This coming Tuesday looks like an interesting day in the Asian boxing world even if it's not the most significant day of the week.
It's been a long time coming but at last Bob Arum's Top Rank will be going to the Chinese mainland for their first show in Shanghai. The show isn't as high profile as Top Rank's Macau shows but it is an equally important card as Top Rank continue their assault on Asia and in fact for some of the fighters on the card the show is more significant than the Macau events that Top Rank have made into a great success.
One man who will be having the most important fight of his career is Filipino Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16) who will be taking on Panamanian Walter Tello (20-7, 8) in a fight that will help lead the winner to a big money fight. The reason this bout is so important is because it's for the WBA interim Light Flyweight title and, after waiting in wings all year, Petalcorin finally gets his chance at a belt. Whilst the reward is big for the winner it's also a big step up for Petalcorin who has never fought near this level before, and whilst Tello isn't great he does have world class experience which could make life hard for the much touted Filipino.
Whilst the "interim" Light Flyweight title fight is likely to be the most important bout either man has been involved in we're actually more excited about one of the shows other bouts, one involving the always fun to watch Ik Yang (16-0, 11). Yang, the former Korean champion who has been working with Freddie Roach, is really fun and very much an offence first fighter with spiteful power and a clear neglect for defence. Although he's crude we don't imagine Yang having any problems here as he takes on former PABA Super Bantamweight champion Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-2, 8). The bout, for the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title, is really one sided in our eyes with Yang being too big and too powerful for Sukkasem.
The under-card here is mostly padded out with local Chinese talent such as Qu Peng (5-0-1, 3), a 6'3" Light Heavyweight, and Ma Yi Ming (10-5, 6), who comes into the bout with a 7 fight winning streak after a 2-5 start.
As well as the action in Shanghai there will also be a show in Indonesia. The headline bout here will see the experienced Indonesian Tommy Seran (23-2, 14), best known for his loss to Milan Melindo, taking on Thai debutant Morakot Putajab (0-0). Although Seran was bounced around the canvas by Melindo he's usually a decent enough fighter and should be too much for a debutant, saying that however a win for Putajab would certainly put the boxing world on alert for the Thai.
Another bout on this card will see John Ruba (1-0, 1) battling against Eddi Pio Pikareuw (1-1) in an all novice bout. As with many Indonesian's we do doubt the "completeness" their records though if boxrec is right then this will be Pikareuw's first fight in almost 2 years.
It's been a while since we, boxing fans, have had the honour and delight of watching Thailand's Jomthong Chuwatana (7-0, 4). Despite having been the OPBF champion at 130lbs for over 2 years he has been chronically inactive on recent times. That's partly due to his high standing in Muay Thai, where he remains active, and partly due to a lack of serious offers to fight the dangerous and heavy handed Thai. Thankfully today he returns to take on Japan's little known Koseki Nakama (17-4, 8). Nakama, a Okinawa native native, has never really been able to make a mark in the world of boxing, barring a shock victory over Antonio Cermeno almost 9 years ago. Since then he has struggled through much of his career and will be expected to struggle again here, in fact in all honesty we'll suspect that he gets stopped against the very good Jomthong.
Whilst the main event is the very welcome return of Jomthong the co-feature is also a notable contest due to one man, Go Onaga (21-2-2, 15). Onaga, a fighter from the Ohashi gym, is a 2-time Japanese title challenger and world ranked fighter and will be hoping to work his way towards another title fight. Before he gets a chance to fight for a belt he will be heeding to over-come experienced but limited Thai Samransak Singmanasak (35-23-1, 27) in what appears to be little more than a stay busy fight for the talented Japanese fighter who hasn't fought since October 2013.
In another of the support bouts we get an all OPBF ranked bout as #13 ranked Featherweight Masatoshi Kotani (14-2, 11) battles against #2 ranked Super Featherweight Edgar Gabejan (26-29-6, 8). Kotani, of Japan, has won his last 4 bouts and 10 or his last 11 suggesting that he's in good form though his ins have mostly come against abject opponents. Strangely Gabejan has a completely different record full of losses though has mixed with numerous well known fighters and lost to them. On paper this looks like a complete mismatch but in all honesty we feel it's very much a 50-50 contest and a well made bout despite the records.
Another 8 rounder on the card will see Dado Cabintoy (13-4-2, 7) taking on Yuta Sasaki (6-4, 1). This is another bout that should be interesting even if the fighters involved aren't world class.
As well as the 4 bouts mentioned the show will feature a further 3 contests.
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This coming Saturday is one of the weakest for boxing in months. Despite that Filipino fans do have something to look forward to with two separate shows.
Metro Manila, Philippines
The lesser of the two shows is the Elorde promoted show in Metro Manilla which features a number of "name" fighters but little in terms of solid match ups.
The main event here will experienced Filipino Dennis Laurente (47-5-5, 28) battling against Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (3-3, 1). Laurente will be defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title and should retain his belt relatively easily against Pangaribuan. Although we believe the Indonesian's record is incomplete he didn't look particularly good last year when he fought Nobuhiro Ishida and was stopped in 2 rounds by the Japanese fighter.
The two chief support bouts on this show will be the Elorde brothers and sadly they are in equally as one-sided bouts against Indonesian visitors. At Featherweight Juan Miguel Elorde (15-1, 7) will be battling the "win-less" Paulus Baransano (0-3) whilst Juan Martin Elorde (15-1-1, 7) will be battling against Juniston Simbolon (7-11-1, 3). Again we don't believe the Indonesian's have "complete" records on boxrec but we also don't suspect that either Elorde will struggle.
The most interesting of the bouts on this show will see unbeaten teenager Giemel Magramo (10-0, 7) battling against Filipino journeyman Jovel Romasasa (10-14, 4). Magramo, aged 19, looks like one of the most exciting prospects in the Philippines and has shown some great body shots so far, hopefully he can advance his skill to become more than just a prospect.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
The other Filipino card looks to be much more exciting on paper.
One of the main bouts here will see the very promising Jerwin Ancajas (20-1-1, 12) fighting against the limited Yokthong KKP (15-4, 11). Ancajas is great fun to watch with his speed and combinations and should make very light work of Yokthong, who is of course the only man to be stopped by Zou Shiming so far in Shiming's career. It's a shame that Ancajas isn't fighting at a higher level but it's still great to see him being active and this is his 5th fight in less than 12 months.
Another fighter who should be in harder than he is is Filipino GAB Light Welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (16-0, 9) who will be fighting in a non-title fight against the limited Elmer Legaria (13-7, 4). Where not sure what Cabalquinto is really doing with his career but it's time he stepped up rather than continued fighting this domestic level of opposition. Perhaps, if Cabalquinto wins, he looks again at an OPBF title fight with Keita Obara or even a clash with someone like Min Wook Kim or Ja Ik Goo. Though of course those bouts might be too dangerous for the once promising Filipino.
Another promising Filipino on the same card will be the unbeaten "Golden Boy" Jack Tepora (10-0, 6) who will be fighting against Michael Escobia (10-7-1, 2). Aged 24 Tepora is thought to be one of the best prospects in the Philippines and will hopefully come good in coming fights however, like Cabalquinto, he will need to step up notably over the next year or two if he's to ever reach the heady heights expected of him.
One more prospect, on what looks to be a very deep undercard, will be Joneil Dapidran Pacquiao (4-0, 2) who will be hoping to extend his winning run as he takes on the light punching Gabby Siempo (5-4-1, 1). It's hard to see Siempo winning here but it's also hard to tell just how good Pacquiao is and how much of his attention is due to his surname.
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This coming Friday might not have any world title fights but it's certainly a busy day with numerous meaningful fights spread all across Asia.
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
The most notable fight is in Thailand as Thong Sithluangphophun (9-0, 6) looks to defend his PABA Featherweight title against Indonesia's Yakobus Heluka (7-7). Heluka comes in to this bout following 3 successive losses and it's hard to see him surviving with Thong here, especially considering that Thong has stopped his last 4 opponents in a combined 14 rounds, including a 3rd round KO of Tony Arema.
In Hyogo Shinsei will putting on 7 bout card which will feature several ranked fighters, many of which will be from the Philippines.
One of those Filipino's will be Renren Pasignahin (6-3-1, 2) who will be looking to upset the fast rising and much touted Shun Kubo (4-0, 3), who his himself ranked by the OPBF. Pasignahin has lost 3 of his past 4 bouts but they have included decision losses to the very talented Michael Dasmarinas and the very talented Nop Kratingdaenggym. Kubo should be favoured but Pasignahin is not a patsy.
The chief support bout will see another ranked Filipino, the GAB #7 ranked Flyweight, Renoel Pael (13-1-1, 5) taking on heavy handed Japanese fighter Yuki Yonaha (3-1, 3). Going in to this bout the 23 year old Yonaha has never lost to a foreign fighter, though he was beaten last time out by domestic rival Takayuki Okumoto in what was a minor upset. This is another bout with the home fighter at risk of losing, especially considering how Pael's only loss was a highly controversial one in Thailand to the highly experienced Noknoi Sitthiprasert. Credit where it's due, this is a great match up.
Another of the supporting bouts will see heavy handed, though not as good as his record suggests, Kota Fukuoka (15-4-2, 12) fighting against former OPBF title challenger Jhunriel Ramonal (13-7-4, 7). On paper this looks well matched but Ramonal has won just 1 of his last 7, being stopped in 3 and suffering a trio of technical draws. We think Fukuoka has to be fancied but we don't imagine this will be as good as the aforementioned bout.
One more bout of note from this card will see Ryuya Yamanaka (7-1, 2) fighting against the highly experienced Filipino Roque Lauro (10-16-4, 2). Yamanaka is a 19 year old who has shown some promise but did look very frail when he was stopped inside a round by Kenta Shimizu back in April. Lauro won't have the power to hurt Yamanaka but will ave the toughness and skills to give him a hard bout. Interestingly Lauro has managed to see the final bell against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, something he managed last September, an excellent feat for any fighter never mind a journeyman.
Whilst Shinsei have a great card in Hyogo it's fair to say that SGS Gym have an equally good one in Tokyo and in fact we believe this one will be stream by the Gushinken ustream channel.
In total this show will have 10 bouts but there are only 3 that fans will really have any interest in. The first of those will see the free swinging Taiki Eto (12-3, 9) taking on Thailand's Brukluk Kor Narong Service (0-1). Eto is one of the 3 brothers who are all managed by SGS gym though to many fans he's the most limited. So far Eto has lost in OPBF and Japanese title challenger, he shouldn't however come up short here against a Thai that lasted less than 2 rounds in his only previous contest, despite that bout being against current Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida.
The second bout of note will see there always fun to watch Akinori Watanabe (30-4, 26) battling against Thailand's Chatchai Sithsaithong (8-3, 6). Watanabe is heavy handed and really should make light work of his Thai opponent here especially when you consider that Chatchai is naturally smaller and has lost his last 3 bouts in a combined 10 rounds. This really should be a blow out victory for Watanabe though we have seen the Japanese fighter show issues with his own durability in the past, including his loss with Tsuyoshi Kamiishi.
In the main event Shingo Eto (13-2-1, 8) will be fighting a Thai who we believe is Arnon Sithsaithong (0-0). From what we understand a win for Eto here will see him moved on to a title fight next time out, probably against unbeaten Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito.
Metro Manilla, Philippines
In the Philippines we have another very interesting card that may well be over-looked by many fans though promises a lot of explosive action.
The most explosive bout here is likely to be the 12 round main event which will see unbeaten power punchers colliding. One of those men will be Filipino Richard Claveras (8-0-2, 8) whilst the other will be Thai teenager Sangthong Chor Pakdee (4-0, 4). Whilst the men both bring unbeaten records and a lot of power with them they will also be bringing a lot of desire as the winner will claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title. At he moment Claveras is the defending champion though his belt, and unbeaten record, are under threat here.
As well as the main event the under-card looks interesting with one bout in particular catching our eye. That's the bout between the heavy handed and all action Warlito Parrenas (20-6, 18) and the experienced Richard Garcia (25-19-1, 7). We really like Parrenas and although he's limited he's incredibly heavy handed and very much a fighter who looks for excitement, in fact we'd go as far as to say that Parrenas shadow boxing would be more fun to watch than many televised fights. With his power and aggression we'd be shocked if Parrenas doesn't walk through Garcia here.
In a female title bout fans will get the chance to see Momoko Kanda (6-6-2) battle against Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (2-2, 1) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Minimumweight title. Kanda beat Nongnun back in June for the title and this will be her first defence.
In the US we will see the promising Bahodir Mamadjonov (16-1, 11) in action as he battles the experienced Osumanu Akaba (31-5-1, 24). Mamadjonov, from Uzbekistan, should easily overcome Akaba though we're unsure why Mamadjonov isn't fighting at Lightweight or Light Welterweight, weights which we think suit him a lot more than Light Middleweight. We know it may just be a case of ticking over but at 135lbs he has the potential to be a real force so it'd be nice to see him back down there.
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It's been a few days since we've had any fights but thankfully we're back under action this Monday as action returns to the Korakuen Hall.
The main event here will be a rematch between the big hitting Koji Numata (21-7-2, 16) and the very tough Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-3, 6), with the men again trading blows for the vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The men, who collided in a great contest back in March, will be hoping to have a clear winner this time after their first contest ended in a draw, leaving the title vacant. If you're able to get to the Korakuen Hall we'd expect this fight to be just as exciting as their first contest was.
In the co-feature we're expecting to see Japanese Middleweight hopeful Shoma Fukumoto (3-1, 3) battle Thailand's Petchdum Manopchaygym (0-2). On paper this is a mismatch, despite Fukumoto's loss 2 fights back, though our Japanese sources indicate that Petchdum actually has a record of 10-5-1 (2) and not 0-2. If the Japanese record is correct, and we do tend to doubt the records of Thai's on boxrec, it could be an interesting contest.
Another of the supporting bouts will see Cobra Suwa (13-11-2, 6) fighting against a Thai opponent, though we're not certain who.
The most interesting of the supporting bouts however will be the contest between Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) and the much more experienced Monico Laurente (24-11, 5). Suzuki is a very promising Super Flyweight who has a domestic ranking and heavy hands, he will however be giving up a a sizeable amount of experience to his Filipino foe. Interestingly Laurente is 0-7 outside of the Philippines and 0-5 in Japan, indicating that he doesn't doesn't travel well. He has also lost 3 of his last 4 and 4 of his last 6 indicating that his career may well be on a notable downslide.
The rest of this card is a trio of 4 rounders which will open the show.
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The only card that we're aware of for today takes place in Tottori and is a low profile 7 bout card. The show, a very small one, is headlined by an 8 featuring Japanese ranked Lightweight Kazuhiro Nishitani (13-2, 6) will be battling an as yet unknown Thai opponent.
The Nishitani bout is one of two 8 rounders on the show with the other being a contest between Kohei Maruoka (7-7-1, 1) and the promising Hikaru Matsuoka (6-1-3, 1). Aged 19 Matsuoka looks like an interesting prospect, despite his lack of power, and he will be expected to win this contest given that Maruoka comes in to this bout on the back of 3 successive losses.
Considering how many busy weekend's we've had recently we need to admit that we relatively under-whelmed this week due to a genuine lack of activity on Saturday.
In the US Teiken promoted Jorge Linares (36-3, 23) will be in a stay busy fight as he takes on Ira Terry (26-11, 16). The fight really is a stay busy contest for Linares who has been inactive since March and the odds are that he will make very light work of Terry who doesn't really belong in the same ring as "El Niño de Oro". It's speculated that if Linares wins this with out many issues he will be back in action in October.
For Russian fans their attention will be focused on Cheboksary where we get a WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title title fight between Vage Sarukhanyan (8-0-0-1, 2) and Igor Ivanov (8-0-1, 2). The bout, between unbeaten fighters, should be highly competitive and we genuinely think that could be an interesting one even if it's unlikely to be the most exciting bout.