Camarines Sur, Philippines
On the more significant Filipino show we get some interesting fighters, though unfortunately they tend to be involved in mismatches and sadly we're not expecting a fantastic card of action, despite being fans of a number fighters on the show.
One such fighter is very talented Michael Dasmarinas (18-2, 11) who will be fighting against the chinny Aroel Romasasa (11-7, 5). Dasmarinas came to our attention last year when he defeated Hayato Kimura in Japan and although he lost last time out, to Lwandile Sityatha, we do have a feeling that this young man is going far.
Another man looking to rebuild after a recent loss is youngster Renerio Arizala (12-1-1, 5) who will be looking to score his second win since suffering a stoppage loss to Ardin Diale. Arizala will be fighting former world ranked fighter Lionel Legada (12-7-1, 5) in what looks to be a real crossroads bout. Whilst Arizala is rebuilding it's fair to see that Legada needs a win having lost 5 of his last 8!
One fighter hoping to extend a 5 fight winning streak is the once touted Nino Magboo (17-2-1, 8) who should have an easy time with journeyman Mike Espanosa (12-9-1, 7). Magboo is unlikely to ever move into world title bouts but he should be more than capable of picking up easy win here.
Others on this card including Bernabe Concepcion (32-6-2, 18) and Al Sabaupan (23-2-1, 18) though at the time of writing neither of these men had opponents listed.
NOTE-BOXREC NOW LISTS THIS SHOW FOR JANUARY 23RD. We are sorry IF this show does take place a day earlier than suggested here.
The second Filipino show looks a lot less interesting as Diarh Gabutan (19-4-3, 10) battles against a yet to be named opponent. This will be Gabutan's second bout since he suffered a trio of defeats in 2013 and it's fair to say that his career depends on a win here.
In the US we have three talented Russian's in action with both of them being involved in very good looking bouts.
The tougher of the bouts sees the once beaten Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15) go up against the very highly touted Mexican Super Middleweight Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (30-0, 24). We'll be honest we suspect this could be very painful for Vlasov who is up against a sensationally talented fighter here.
The second Russian is the unbeaten Konstantin Ponomarev (26-0, 13) who will be hoping to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on Canadian fighter Steve Claggett (20-2-1, 14) in a very interesting 10 rounder. We have to suspect that the 22 year old “Talant” from Miass will continue his unbeaten start however this is likely to be his toughest bout to date and a real chance to see just how good he really is. A clear win for Ponomarev will almost certainly take him into the world rankings.
The third is Aik Shakhnazaryan (15-0, 6) who will be battling against Abner Lopez (21-4, 19) in what we suspect will be a great test of Shakhazaryan's chin. Lopez's record is inflated with a lot of low level KO's though on paper he represents a good test for the world ranked Russian.
It's Friday once and as per usual it's the Thai's that are delivering the televised action with another Channel 7 card that is more mysterious to us than the Bermuda Triangle.
Surat Thani, Thailand
Unfortunately the mystery of the card is confusing in not just terms of bouts but also venue. The one thing we are sure of is that the card will feature the always fun to watch Rusalee Samor (22-5-2, 10) who will be defending his IBF Asia Super Flyweight title.
*Thanks to Pal for this information but Samor's opponent will be unbeaten Indonesian Espinos Sabu (11-0-1, 5). Sabu is the Indonesian Flyweight champion and, at one point last year, was linked strongly to an Ali Raymi fight.
In Osaka fight fans will be treat to an Harada promoted card at the wonderfully named Bodymaker Colosseum, AKA the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.
In total this show will feature 8 bouts and include 2 Japanese ranked fighters with a ranked Middleweight and a ranked Flyweight in action as well.
The headline bout will see the Japanese ranked Tetsuya Hisada (21-8, 11) take on former world title challenger Junichi Ebisuoka (23-17-5, 10). It may be hard to remember it but Ebisuoka challenged Oleydong Sithsamerchai to the WBC Minimumweight title way back in 2008. Unfortunately for Ebisuoka that was his career highly and although he has fought in other title fights he has repeatedly been the bridesmaid losing in Japanese title fights and an OPBF title fight.
For Hisada this bout with Ebisuoka is a chance to repeat a 2008 victory, though as with Ebisuoka we don't imagine he'll ever win a big one.
The other ranked fighter in action on this show is Ryuji Kanza (6-1, 4) who will be fighting for the first time in over a year. Kanza's opponent will be Takayuki Morimoto (5-7, 3) who has won just 2 of his last 9. This should be an easy victory for the ranked Kanza but will ring rust effect him?
In Russia we have a chance to see the very promising Aik Shakhnazaryan (11-0, 4) takes on Felix Lora (18-10-5, 9). Shakhnazaryan comes in to this fight looking for his second notable victory after beating Alisher Rahimov last month. Aged just 20 the unbeaten Russian is a fast prospect and a victory over the "trickier than his record suggests" Lora would help establish Shakhnazaryan as one of Russia's fastest rising youngsters.
Another bout on this Russian card will see David Avanesyan (16-1-1, 9) battle against former world title challenger Kaizer Mabuza (25-10-3, 15) in a major bout for Avanesyan.
One more noteworthy fighter on this card is former Olympian Uktamjon Rahmonov (2-0) who some are quietly tipping as a future world champion. Aged 23 and hailing from Uzbekistan Rahmonov is unlikely to set the world alive in the next year or two but we'd certainly advice fans to keep a watchful eye on his progress.
(Image above, and video below are courtesy of Kietkreerin, the video is the hype video of what we believe is Samor bout, unfortunately it's in Thai which none of our team speak)