In November the Manny Pacquiao show will take over Macau, a small self governing area off the coast of China. For many that is as all Chinese boxing is currently about. Those people would be wrong, very wrong.
Although Chinese boxing isn't incredibly strong it is developing and we suspect that in the next few years success will have breed more success. Last year we had the first Chinese world champion, this year we've had two Chinese Heavyweights appear on US TV and the future does look potentially very exciting.
On of the most promising of the current bunch of Chinese fighters is current WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight champion Qiu Xiao Jun (14-2, 6). Jun is a very promising fighter who has avenged his losses, both of which came in Japan to Jonathan Baat, and it would seem that he's possibly the next notable fighter from China. Jun will have to prove his quality here as he takes on once beaten American Yuandale Evans (16-1, 12). At one point Evans looked like a very promising young fighter himself though an opening round loss to Javier Fortuna in April 2012 has derailed his career and this will be his first bout in almost 30 months. Jun will have to be in top form to beat Evans though if he does get the win here expect him to get another US bout in the next 12 months or so.
Jun isn't the only Chinese fighter on this card and his compatriot Xian Wei Qian (5-3-1) will be fighting against the limited Josh Crespo (2-1-2, 1). We don't really rate Qian anywhere near as highly as Jun though we do have to say he is better than his record indicates and he's twice fought in Thailand. One of those bouts was a loss to the world ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana whilst the other was a shock win over Thewa Onesongchaigym which saw Qian getting his name printed in the record books as the first Chinese fighter to win a title in Thailand. Crespo doesn't compare to the two Thai's that Qian has fought so we'd assume that Qian will pick up the win here, though it certainly won't be easy with this bout taking place in the US.
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
As well as the action in the US we also have some interesting bouts in Thailand with 2 separate televised cards.
On channel 3 we get a Kokiet Group card headlined by PABA Super Flyweight champion Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (27-7-1, 10). Petchbarngnorn will be defending his title against teenager Ki-chang Kim (5-1-1, 1). Kim will clearly be seen as a huge under-dog going into this fight though could be rewarded with a ranking if he can beat the Thai. That's a big "if" however as Petchbarngborn is a world ranked fighter with fringe-world level talent and a clear edge in experience.
The chief support bout here will see Norasing Kokietgym (11-0-1, 8) defending his unbeaten record against Indonesian visitor Jemmy Gobel (18-24-5, 13) who has lost his last 3 bouts, including a 6th round stoppage to Eaktawan Mor Krunthepthonburi last time out. Gobel has lost 17 previous bouts in Thailand where he has yet to win and we suspect that run will continue again here with Norasing being a far better fighter than Gobel
The other show is on Channel 7 and comes from Bangkok.
One of two title bouts here will see the unbeaten Eaktawan Mor Krungthepthonburi (5-0, 4) defending his WBA Asia Flyweight title against Filipino foe Edison Berwela (13-28-7, 3). We'll admit we are big fans of Eaktawan though we'd suspect that this will be his toughest bout to date and although Berwela isn't an amazing fighter he is also not someone who falls over the first time they are hit. Berwela will be fighting for the 7th time in Thailand and currently boasts a record of 0-5-1 in the country and that will likely be extended to 0-6-1 though we do suspect that Eaktawan will have to work for the win.
The other title bout on this show will see Nop Kratingdaenggym (10-0, 1)* defending his PABA Super Bantamweight title against Filipino visitor Eranio Semillano (10-5, 3). On paper this looks a pretty decent contest, especially when you consider that Semillano comes into this bout with 7 straight wins and is unbeaten in well over 2 years. Saying that however Nop does look a very talented young fighter and his potential to be a world champion is being spoken about by some hardcore fans in Thailand.
(*Boxrec don't include Nop's win over Skax Max for some peculiar reason)
It's rare to have mid-week fights that we are really looking forward to but that's exactly what we have this week courtesy of a big show in Thailand that had us excited from the moment it was first mentioned.
The first world title bout in the month of October comes form Thailand where we get a collision of unbeaten fighters battling for the WBA interim Minimumweight world title. The bout will see Thailand's wonderfully named Knockout CP Freshmart (8-0, 5) stepping up massively to fight Nicaraguan youngster Carlos Buitrago (27-0-1-1, 16) in what looks to have been a very risky match up to make from Knockout's team. We're unsure if Knockout's team know something we don't but from footage of the two men we suspect the Thai may have bitter off more than he can chew here and Buitrago really impressed us in his performance against Merlito Sabillo last year, as with that fight Buitrago is travelling with a point to prove.
The world title fight won't be the only bout with a title on the line here and in the co-feature WBA Asia Light Flyweight champion Palangpol CP Freshmart (4-1, 4) will be defending his title against Indonesian visitor Tommy Seran (24-2, 15). Reports suggest that is Palangpol wins here will be matched with Alberto Rossel in the near future as he attempts to become a world champion. Palangpol was a top level Muay Thai fighter and it appears his team believes he can also be a world class boxer. It's a high target given his boxing inexperience but we are excited all the same.
Talking about world class another bout on this show will see former WBC Minimumweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (55-1-1, 21) in action. Oleydong, now fighting as Oleydong CP Freshmart, will be up against against Indonesian Paulus Baransano (0-4) in what appears to be another stay busy fight for Oleydong before a possible world title bout in 2015. We do like Oleydong though he really needs to step it up again seen as these mismatches are become a tiresome joke internationally with some wondering whether Oleydong will ever fight another meaningful opponent before his career peters away into obscurity
The other bout on this card that we're aware of will see Denkamon Pakdee Gym (12-3, 5), returning after 3 years out of boxing, fighting against the unbeaten Petchmai Chor Sungnork (1-0, 1). This looks like a very interesting match up on paper and the winner will likely know that their career gets a boost whilst the loser may consider walking away from the sport.
Not only is this an interesting card with 2 interesting bouts but that show is also interesting for the fact it will be held in Thailand's new race track which will be used for various motor sports over the coming years.
One of those will see world ranked Russian Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15) take on the unbeaten Isiah Thomas (13-0, 6). This is a step up for Thomas, who at 6'4" is a huge Light Heavyweight, whilst for Vlasov this really is a must win contest given that he is risking his world rankings and is unlikely to get another opportunity in the US without something to offer. One thing to note is that Vlasov is himself a tall fighter for a Light Heavyweight and may be one of the few fighters in the division that Thomas doesn't tower over.
The other bout will see Kazakhstan fighter Isa Akberbayev (12-0-0-1, 8) battling against the limited Geovanni Sarran (5-7, 1). In all honesty this is a poor bout and Akberbayev should be competing at a higher level. The one relieving factor however is that the card it's self is a strong one and it seems that Akberbayev is merely having a bout to stay busy rather than to progress his career.
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Agusan del Norte, Philippines
It's really rare to get information on just a single fight but that appears to be all we have here from what we assume must be a very small show in the Philippines. The only bout we have any information on is a contest between novices in the Light Flyweight division. From what we understand the unbeaten Jay-ar Raquinel (1-0, 1) will be battling against debutant Renz Hulibayan (0-0) in a 4 rounder. For Raquinel this bout comes just 3 months after his debut, an opening round TKO against John Paul Safera.
We wish we had more information here but unfortunately these small Filipino cards do seem to lack widespread information.
In Japan to close off the month we get an interesting domestic card that features one or two semi-recognisable named though no majorly important fights. Notably the two main features will both features Filipino fighters who are based in Japan. In total the show will have 8 competitive bouts.
The main event of the card will see Super Featherweight hopeful Mark Gil Melligen (19-4, 10) battle against Thai visitor Kang Wor Surapin (0-0). Melligen, a native of Bacolod City will be fighting his 5th successive fight outside of the Philippines, and his 4th in Japan during that run of fights. Although not the fighter on the planet the Filipino comes into this bout on a run of 6 straight wins following a loss, in 2012, to Thailand's Sukkasem Kietyongyuth who we recently saw being demolished by Ik Yang.
In the other featured bout Jonathan Baat (26-5-3, 12) will be fighting against a Thai opponent. Sadly for Baat we're unsure who his opponent will be though we have been told it's a member of the Sor Vorapin stable, of course that's not actually a small stable of fighters, though we're expecting it to be a boxing debut as with Kang Wor Surapin who fights Melligen in the main event. For Baat this should be little more than a stay busy fight before he hopefully gets a more interesting bout later in the year.
Splitting up the two co-features, which are both 8 rounders, will be a debut bout. We believe the debutant will be Yoshibo Katsu though we've got to admit we're unsure about who he will be facing or why he is so high up the card.
Also on this show is an exhibition bout between Tatsuki Kawasaki and Ryuichi Kuwana. Both of these fighters have been retired for several years though they are coming out of retirement for one night only. From what we understand this is seen as a bit of fun for the two men, though it does help with the interest in the show and hopefully it will entertain those in attendance.
Yeoju, South Korea
According to Boxrec.com there will also be a Korean show sanctioned by the KBC. We have our apprehensions about this show though according to boxrec the show does look like an interesting one.
The main event is supposedly a Korean Light Middleweight title fight between Ki-Joon Gang (5-1, 3) and Joon-Yong Lee (4-1-3, 2) with the men battling for the vacant title. This is listed as one of three vacant title bouts with another being a Light Welterweight contest between Jae-Ho Kim (4-0) and the debuting Myung-Soo Sun (0-0) and a Featherweight title bout between Moon-Sun Jun (2-2-3) and In-Kyoo Lee (2-2, 1).
We are very apprehensive about this show as the KBF, the organisation which has superseded the KBC, do not list the show. This could mean that the show will be sanctioned by a third party or something different though we'll admit we won't be surprised if this show doesn't occur as speculated.
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This weekend seems to be the next step in the rise of boxing's "Russian Revolution" with numerous major bouts, ranging from world title to possible break out bouts, many of which will feature Russian fighters.
The card of the day, by a long shot, is in Russia where we get four very interesting title bouts as well as two contests involving unbeaten Russian prospects taking a step up in class. It is the sort of card that we want to see more of though sadly boxing seems to be having of them.
The first of the prospects expected to be in action is Alexander Sharonov (2-0, 1) fighting in a 6 rounder against Ghana's Godwin Cudjoe (8-6, 7). Cudjoe comes into this fight on a 6 fight winning streak though he will still be seen as an under-dog against the 22 year old Sharanov. The second prospect in action is the very highly touted Sergey Lipinets (3-0, 2) who attempts to record his 4th win as he steps up to fight Daniel Lomeli (22-4, 11) in an 8 round bout. Lipinets was a former kick boxing star with strong amateur pedigree and it seems clear his team are confident in his ability. Some will suggest that Lomeli is an under-sized opponent which is fair but for a main in fight #4 this is an acceptable step for Lipinets who some are tipping very highly.
In a female world title bout we see a re-run of a bout we saw earlier this year. This will see the unbeaten Svetlana Kulakova (9-0-1, 1) battle against WBA female Light Welterweight Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-2, 2). In their meeting earlier this year the two fought to a draw with Kulakova twice being deducted a point. Had it not been for those deductions the Russian would have won the title with a majority decision and many who saw the bout know that that would have been an unjust result. Hopefully we'll see a less scrappy performance form Kulakova who looked really good for 4 round before showing signs of exhaustion in the middle and later rounds.
In a regional title fight we will get to see Andrey Knyazev (10-1, 5), the current Russian Cruiserweight champion, battle against Shalva Jomardashvili (37-8-2, 28) for the vacant WBO Oriental Cruiserweight title. This will be one of three Cruiserweight bouts on the show and is by far the weakest of the three. Knyazev may enter as the Russian champion but he's well down the picking order of top Russian Cruiserweights whilst Jomardashvili has gone 6-5-1 in his last 12 fights and shown that he's never going to be world class.
The two main events of the show are both Cruiserweight title fights. One of those is a WBC Cruiserweight title fight as Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35) attempts to defend his belt against once beaten Russian Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27). The 32 year old Wlodarczyk will be looking for his 6th defence of the WBC title and will be returning to Russia 15 months after stopping the then unbeaten Rakhim Chakhkiev, also in Moscow. As for Drozd this will be his first world title fight, finally getting his shot at the big time. Drozd will be taking part in this fight about a year after his stand out win over the then unbeaten Mateusz Masternak. This is one of those great Cruiserweight bouts that has gone under-the-radar but really does look to be something a bit special.
The other event will see the long awaited return to the ring of WBA champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19) who will fight for the first time since his painful loss to Guillermo Jones last year. The all action and always fun to watch Lebedev will be battling against Poland's Pawel Kolodziej (33-0, 18) though there are worries about Lebedev who took a real beating at the hands of Jones and has been inactive, courtesy of an aborted rematch with Jones that saw the Panamanian fail a drugs test on the day of the fight. Kolodziej isn't as good as fellow Pole Wlodarczyk but is still a world class Cruiserweight and could be too much for Lebedev if the Russian isn't 100%.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Metro Manila we have yet more title action with 2 titles fights and various other domestic contests.
The headline bout of this Filipino show will see Filipino fighter Renan Trongco (15-4, 9) take on Japanese visitor Hayato Yamaguchi (12-4-1, 2) in a battle for the WBC International Flyweight title. For Trongco this will be the first defense of the title he won a year a go when he defeated China's Wang Xin Hua via decision. Yamaguchi is 0-2 in title fights going into this fight, with those losses coming in a Japanese Light Flyweight title fight against Masayuki Kuroda and a WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title fight against Cris Paulino.
A second title fight on this show will see Carleans Rivas (3-1-3) battle against Lady Love Sampiton (1-2, 1) for the Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) female Flyweight title. As far as we are aware this is the inaugural title bout for this title which is a newly created title.
A third notable bout on this show will see Jeffrey Arienza (11-2-1, 6) battle against journeyman Ronald Postrano (7-20-2, 3) in a domestic 12 rounder. Arienza will be looking for his third straight win after suffering back to back defeats last year. As for Postrano he comes into this bout after suffering a trio of defeats and has won just one of his last 11 bouts!
On a small show in Japan we're expecting to see a total of 8 bouts, most of which are 4 rounders.
The main event will see Tatsuya Takahashi (17-5-3, 12) battle against win-less Thai novice Kittichai Or Boonchuay (0-3). On paper this looks like a mismatch and, whilst it's likely to go the way we all expect, Takahashi isn't anything special and is unlikely to ever become a real challenger even on the Japanese domestic scene. We do doubt Kittichai's record and assume that it's incomplete but he should provide little challenge for the Japanese fighter.
As well as a the main event and the 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds this show will also feature a pair of 6 rounders though none of the 4 men involved will be known by anyone other than the most hardcore of the hardcore of Japanese boxing fans.
It's not just in Russia that we will see Russian fighters in action and in Canada we will see the very exciting Artur Beterbiev (5-0, 5) taking on his biggest challenge to date. Beterbiev will be attempting to claim the NABA Light Heavyweight title as he battles against former IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud (24-2, 19) and although this is a big step up we're still expecting to see Beterbiev defeat Cloud and announce himself as the most exciting Light Heavyweight prospect on the planet.
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For the second day running we get Rookie of the Year East bouts as we get the second set of semi final contests. As with the first batch of bouts we aren't going to cover every contest for the upcoming show but instead a selection of the ones we feel stand out, though for those interested the show will feature a total of 12 contests with bouts taking place in every division from Minimumweight to Middleweight, barring Light Middleweight.
At Flyweight we'll get the chance to see 20 year old destroyer Naoki Mochizuki (5-0, 4) ply his skills against fellow unbeaten 20 year old Sonin Nihei (4-0-1, 1). This is one of those outstandingly even, on paper, matches that we get thrown by the Rookie of the Year competitions every year and something worth looking forward to if you have tickets to the show.
In the Welterweight division fans will get the chance to see the tall and powerful Hiroki Ashizawa (2-0, 2) battle against Teiken's very young Masaya Tamayama (3-0, 3). Going on the records of the two men involved here this bout may not go the distance and although their is 8 years difference between the men involved they will know that the division, domestically, is wide open for the winner to progress through quickly.
We've also got to admit that the Middleweight bout is thoroughly under-whelming with Naoya Kaneko (3-2, 3) fighting against Asahi Hatsumi (3-1, 1). This really shows the lack of depth at Middleweight, unfortunately this is the final bout on the show and the winner will progress to the Rookie of the East final later in the year.
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
As well as the action in Japan we will also get fights in Thailand, in fact the fights in Thailand are somewhat more significant than the Japanese contests and will be shown on Channel 7.
The main event here will see former world title challenger Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (40-2, 23), best known for his loss to Koki Kameda, battle against Indonesian visitor Junior Bajawa (14-3, 7). Going in to the bout Bajawa is 0-3 in bouts outside of Indonesia and we'd be shocked if that run doesn't continue against the fringe world-level Panomroonglek. Our source has informed us that if Panomroomglek wins, which he really should, his promoter will attempt to get him a WBA world title fight later this year. Of course with the WBA employing their patented 3 world champion concept we're unsure which champion the Thai will attempt to line up though out feeling is Jamie McDonnell, the WBA "regular" champion, would be the preferred target.
In the chief support bout Kongputorn CPFreshmart (3-0, 2)* will be attempting to extend his winning run as he battles against Jomyuthlek Sor Narongchai (10-2, 4), who was reportedly stopped in August by Tommy Seran in Indonesia. We'll be honest we really like Kongputorn and although this looks tough on paper it's likely to be a relative 1-sided bout with Kongputorn showing his class against an opponent who we don't think belongs in the ring with him
A third bout for this show will see Kaenpetch Sithmuangkan (8-4, 1) attempt to end a 2 fight losing streak as he takes on the win-less Chanachai Sor Siamchai (0-1) in a relatively meaningless bout.
*We know that Boxrec are missing one of Kongputorn's bouts, his contest with Veeradej Manoprungroj.
The next few days aren't the biggest or most exciting in Asian boxing but they are among the most important in Japan as we continue to advance to the Rookie of the Year finals.
The next step towards the All Japan finals is to find the candidates to represent the East of Japan. This involves back-to-back days of semi-finals with the winners to meet later in the year to winners of the East.
On Thursday we're expecting to see a total of 11 bouts, one in every division from Minimumweight to Welterweight. Whilst we won't list every fight on the show we will note two or three of the bouts that have caught our eye.
Power punching Flyweight teenage Kenya Yamashita (4-0, 3) will put his unbeaten record on the line against fellow unbeaten fighter Takunari Yokoyama (4-0, 2) in a very interesting battle of teenage hopefuls, both hoping to use the tournament to create a name for themselves.
At Lightweight we will see the unbeaten teenager Andy Hiraoka (4-0, 2), who stands at an elongated 5'11 despite only being 18, battling against Shoma Sekine (2-1-2). Although Sekine has been a professional since late 2010 we really favour Hiraoka who has been tipped as one of the ones to watch throughout the preliminary rounds.
In the Light Welterweight division the 21 year old unbeaten Naoharu Kida (4-0, 3) takes on the explosive Shinjiro Kawada (2-0, 2), who has a career lasting just over 2 minutes! One way or another we see this one ending early with both likely to have their chin tested at some point.
At Welterweight, in the show's final bout, fans will see Hironobu Matsunaga (4-0, 3) risking his unbeaten record against the light punching Makoto Kawasaki (4-1-1, 1).
There was supposed to be a Middleweight bout on this show as well but that has had to be cancelled leaving us with 11 bouts instead of the originally listed 12.
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The popular Dangan series of shows returns this Tuesday for it's 11th edition. The show features 8 bouts in total and will be headlined by two title fights whilst also featuring a trio of B class tournament final bouts, all in all providing a very solid card.
The show begins with a sole 4 rounder as debutants battle each other in a Light Welterweight bout. We've not been given the fighters names for this bout though with debutants colliding it's likely to be a competitive bout between two men hoping to record a debut win. The second bout on the show will also be a 4 rounder as the unbeaten Kamiya Haruaki (2-0, 1) battles against Keisuke Fujii (3-4, 2) in an interesting low level bout.
The first of the three B tournament final bouts will take place at Light Flyweight as the heavy handed Daisuke Hayakawa (7-2, 6) battles against the tough but feather fisted Masahiro Ouchi (6-7). This looks like a mismatch on paper though could be an interesting test for Hayakawa.
The second of the B class tournament final bout will be a Featherweight bout between the limited but experienced Yoshihisa Yokota (6-10-1, 2) and Kenji Fujiyama (5-3, 3). Sadly this looks almost as poor as the first bout B class bout.
The final of the B class bouts is the best of the bunch as Yutaka Kamioka (7-3-2, 4) takes on the once beaten Gaku Aikawa (6-1-1, 1) in a very good looking Super Bantamweight contest. We have to favour Aikawa but only just and this is the sort of bout that we love to see thrown up in the B class tournament contests that Dangan put on.
Following the B class bouts we get an interesting looking 8 rounder between two Japanese ranked Welterweights. The bout will see #5 ranked Moon Hyun Yun (14-4-2, 2) battle against #7 ranked Ryota Itoyama (10-5-1, 5) in what is effectively an eliminator for a Japanese title fight with the once beaten Suyon Takayama.
Talking about title fights the penultimate bout on the show will be an OPBF female Minimumweight title fight between defending champion Saemi Hanagata (9-4-2, 4) and former 2-time title challenger Mika Oda (5-7-1, 1). Oda will be hoping this it third time lucky whilst Hanagata will be hoping to record the first defense of the title she won earlier this year.
The other title fight on this show will see the world ranked Go Odaira (10-3-3, 1) defending his Japanese Minimumweight title against the once beaten Hiroya Yamamoto (8-1, 3). On paper this looks like a good bout though in reality it is likely to be a very one sided contest with Odaira much, much more proven than his challenger who has never competed at anything close to the level before.
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This coming Tuesday is far from a big day in Asian boxing but there are two separate shows with one in Thailand and one in Japan.
The better of the Asian shows is the one in Thailand and will be aired on Thai channel 3 for those interested in watching it.
This Thai show is a PABA double header. One of the two title bouts will see the very promising Stamp Kiatniwat (9-0, 4), one Thailand's most promising young prospects, battling against Indonesian fighter Domi Nenokeba (11-21-1, 7) for the interim PABA Flyweight title. Kiatniwat has really impressed us so far and his recent victory over Kwanthai Sithmoreseng really suggested that he was a fighter that isn't going to be overly protected by his handlers. Sadly this bout is a step back for the Thai fighter and we've seen Nenokeba lose his last 21 bouts, including a decision loss to recent world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym and a surprisingly competitive loss to novice professional Saenganan KKP.
The other bout will see 23 year old Thai Chatpetch Sithmorseng (8-3, 4) attempt to defend his interim PABA Super Flyweight title against Indonesia's Anis Ceunfin (16-21-5, 6). The Indonesian challenger comes into this bout with just 1 win in his last 14 bouts, he has however only been stopped once in the last 2 years with that stoppage coming to Japan's promising Naoto Uebayashi. Although Chatpetch doesn't have a great record he has won his last 8 bouts after starting his career 0-3. We expect his winning run to continue here.
We've got to admit that some shows, even the ones we're sent information about, can be obscure to even our selves. One particular example is today's only show in Asia/Japan. The show will be promoted by Honda Fitness and although the card is a long one with 11 bouts on it, they are all 4 rounders and very few, if any, of the fighters will ring a bell with anything but the most hardcore of fans.
The main event will feature Lightweight hopeful Tomoya Ikeda (1-0, 1) fighting against fellow unbeaten Eiichiro Ninomiya (1-0-1, 1) in what looks to be an interesting bout though a bout that really could have been put very early on different show. In the co feature we will see Ikeda's Light Flyweight stablemate Rikito Hattori (1-0, 1) battle against the limited Yuta Motoyama (1-2) in another bout that really would usually be used to fill out the bottom part of a card. It does need to be said however that no one is pretending that this card is anything but a rookies card with hopefully some of the fighters doing enough to become names in the future.
September 21st-Dasmarinas and Sabaupan in action in the Philippines whilst Eguchi fights in his retirement bout in Japan
With Saturday being a huge day in boxing it's fair to say that Sunday was never going to deliver nearly as much. Saying that however we do have interesting bouts spread across a pair of Asian shows.
Camarines Sur, Philippines
The more interesting of the two Asian cards takes place in the Philippines as Saved by the Bell Promotions put on a notable card at the Pili Capitol Convention Center.
The main event here will see the criminally under-rated Michael Dasmarinas (17-1, 10) taking on Indonesian tough guy Oscar Raknafa (12-6, 5). For Dasmarinas this will be his first bout since he impressed us with a clear win over Hayota Kimura back in July and if he manages to take home a win here, he will have recorded an excellent 15 straight wins. Although a talented prospect Dasmarinas has remained well under the radar though he'll know if he continues winning he'll gain a worth while following. As for Raknafa he has lost his last 3 bouts including a decision to the then debuting Kosei Tanaka though he'll know that a win here could help him to earn other notable pay days.
In the co-feature we get another promising Filipino fighting an Indonesian foe as Al Sabaupan (22-2-1, 17) battles against the busy Eddy Comaro (27-21-5, 11). Sabaupan is completely different to Dasmarinas though is the more exciting fighter with seriously hurtful power, especially at this level. Limited in terms of skills Sabaupan has been likened to Manny Pacquiao, at least in terms of looks, and although he's fun to watch he hasn't been able to impress in his 2 most notable bouts to date. Comaro is best known for losing to Michael Katsidis earlier this year and is likely to be blown here by Sabaupan, especially when you consider that he's been selected as an opponent to make the Filipino good.
A third notable Filipino on this show will be Benezer Alolod (15-5-5, 5). Although relatively unknown Alolod is actually a world ranked fighter and has gone 1-1 with Rey Loreto and has also scored a notable stoppage over Jerson Mancio. His opponent hasn't yet been named though we do have high hopes for the 23 year old "Bulldozer".
As well as the bouts mentioned there will be several others on this show albeit less interesting looking contests.
The other card in Japan and is headlined by an 8 rounder between Ryuji Miyazaki (12-7-3, 4) and Yasuyuki Otagaki (5-1-3, 1). Neither of these guys have any wins that really stand out as being incredible though we do need to say that it looks interesting on paper. Miyazaki is clearly the more experienced man going in to this bout and has faced the better opponents however he has been fighting at Super Bantamweight recently and this bout will be fought at just below the Super Featherweight limit, that gives Otagaki a clear edge considering that's his usual weight.
The other 7 bouts on this card are all scheduled for 4 rounds suggesting that it will be numerous novices in action. They might end up being in some great bouts but they are at a very low level and include the debut of 17 year old Nakayasu Shinen (0-0) who we have been told to keep an eye on.
One other note that needs to be added about this show is the fact that card will also feature the retirement bout of former Japanese Middleweight champion Keiji Eguchi who will fight a 2 round exhibition with former OPBF Welterweight champion Taisei Marumoto.
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