This coming Tuesday isn't a big day for Asian fight fans, but there is some notable action in China, and a Heavyweight hopeful fighting in Belarus.
The card in China is the only Asian one of the day, and does look like it could have some interesting action.
The main event sees unbeaten local Wenfeng Ge (9-0, 6) take a huge step up in class to face former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-1, 6). The 37 year old Amnat has fought only once as a professional since losing the IBF title to Johnriel Casimero in May 2016, stopping an over-match Thai. The little known Ge has faced no one of note, but knows that a win here would put his name on the map, and potentially help open the door to the world rankings. A real must win for both men involved here.
In an 8 round bout at Middleweight fans will see teenager Fei Hu Wang (4-1, 2) take on 36 year old Georgian visitor Badri Kereselidze (7-2, 2). The 19 year old Wang was beaten earlier this year by the promising Aleksei Podkolzin but will feel like he's better than he has shown, and will favour himself against a man who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
In a 6 rounder we'll see the debut of Jiajia Li (0-0), who takes on unbeaten Thai Atchariya Tor Chantaroj (8-0, 5). The Chinese fighter appears to be having a baptism of fire here against a very good Thai who holds wins against the likes of Ratchasi Sithsaithong, Heri Andriyanto and Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus. This looks interesting on paper, and if Li wins it is actually a very impressive debut.
In Belarus fans will be able to see Kazakh Heavyweight novice Zhan Kosobutskiy (1-0, 1) take on a yet to be named foe, in a bout expected to be fought over 4 rounds.
A new week is upon us and we have plenty of action to kick things off on Monday!
Hua Hin, Thailand
The biggest match up of the day comes from Thailand where we get televised world title action, as well a fight featuring a 2-time Olympic medal winner, a former world title contender and a genuinely promising prospect.
The main event of the card will see IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (16-0, 5) defending his title against unheralded Japanese challenger Myung Ho Lee (19-4-1, 6), who is looking to claim a world title in his first bout at world level. Amnat, who won the title in early 2014, has already defended the title 4 times, with the most recent being his foul filled wrestling match with Johnriel Casimero, it's thought that a win against Lee will open the door for a potentially unification bout with WBC champion Roman Gonzalez in 2016. For Lee there's nothing to lose, it'd be surprisingly if he won and he probably knows it.
The two-time Olympic medal winner on this card is Manus Boonjumnong (2-0) who looked to continue his career as he faces a third successive Indonesian fighter, Jonatan Simamora (23-26-5, 8). Despite the huge gulf in experience we suspect that the skills of Manus will be too much for the visitor, who's only recent win came against the man Manus beat on his debut. It's worth noting that Simamora hasn't won outside of Indonesia and hasn't fought in more than a year coming into this bout.
The former world title challenger in action here is Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (28-4-1, 15), who looks to continue his pursuit of a second world title fight as he takes on Indonesian fighter Boy Tanto (9-17, 1). The 22 year old Thai is a genuinely talented fighter who we suspect will get another world title shot in 2016 or 2017 and we can't imagine this bout will be anything more than a warm up for him against an opponent who has never really impressed and has lost 3 of his last 4.
A really promising prospect on this card Atchariya Tor Chantaroj (6-0, 3), who looks to continue his impressive start to professional boxing as he faces experienced Filipino loser Richard Olisa (23-29-2, 12). If Atchariya is as good as he's looked this should be a mismatch, especially given that Olisa has lost his last 12, though the Filipino's experience may see him asking some questions of the Thai.
One other bout on this card will see Mike Tawatchai (36-8-1, 21) defending the IBF Pan Pacific Super Bantamweight title against Galih Susanto (10-5-1, 1) Although Susanto will not be favoured to win, we wouldn't be surprised to see him ask some questions of Tawatchai and go the distance with him, given that the visitor has never been stopped and actually took Bantamweight contender Marlon Tapales the 10 round distance last year.
In Tokyo, at the Korakuen Hall, Japanese fans will get a Misako promoted card that really lacks much in terms of appeal. The only really notable bout is the 8 round main event which will see the promising Daishi Nagata (4-0-1, 2) risk his unbeaten record and OPBF ranking against the more experienced Yoshiyuki Suzuki (5-8-5, 1). Although less experienced Nagata is the more gifted fighter, the bigger puncher and in fact the more proven which should help see him to a win here.