The biggest bout featuring an Asian fighter here will see the hard hitting Uzbek born Batyr Akhmedov (7-0, 6) take on Mario Barrios (24-0, 16) for the vacant WBA "regular" Light Welterweight title. On paper this is a great match up between two unbeaten fighters who clearly feel they can hurt each other, and has a world title up for grabs, albeit the WBA's second title whilst the main belt is held by Regis Prograis. Akhmedov has looked really impressive since turning professional in 2017 whilst Barrios has had a slow burn career so far, but has looked excellent in recent bouts with 8 straight stoppages. We expect this to be very explosive and very exciting. A full preview of this bout can be read here Akhmedov and Barrios face off for WBA secondary belt!
As well as the "world" title bout in the US there will also be a small card in Singapore featuring a couple of local hopefuls in their own title bouts.
The main event will see Singapore's very own Nurshahidah Roslie (14-2, 11) face off with unbeaten Chinese foe Fan Yin (8-0, 2) in a bout for the WBC silver Female Super Bantamweight title. Roslie has got local appeal, and it's great to see Singaporean boxing having a fighter to get behind, but she's also proven to be very limited losing to her most notable opponents and stringing together wins against poor opposition. On the other hand Yin is a relative unknown, but did score a notable win last year over Yuko Henzan in Japan, and that win alone shows she's a very capable fight. On paper a win for Roslie would be the best of her career, though she will likely get the favours from the judges if this is close.
The co-feature sees Singaporean based Filipino born fighter Rey Caitom (8-0-1, 3) battle against limited Indonesian foe Frans Damur Palue (15-22-3, 10) for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Minimumweight title. Caitom is no world beater but he's got some promise and should easily pick up a win here. Palue on the other hand is a 36 year old who has been racking up losses in recent years, including one last year to Akira Yaegashi. We suspect that Palue is there to make Caitom look good, and little else.
This coming Saturday our attention turns to the US as we get the chance to see a Japanese fighter compete for the WBO Super Featherweight title in Florida.
The match up in question will see former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (23-1-1, 12) take on the unbeaten Christopher Diaz (23-0, 15) in what looks like an excellent match up to fill the void left when Vasyl Lomachenko moved up in weight. The 27 year old Ito has been waiting a while for a shot at a world title, and although his last couple of fights have been stay busy contests he does hold good wins against the likes of Shinto Eto, Takuya Watanabe and Lorenzo Villanueva. This will however by Ito's first bout outside of Japan. At 23 years old Diaz is the younger fighter and also the bigger puncher but his competition has been slightly softer than that of Ito and he's yet to prove he can go 10 rounds, something that Ito has done in the past. This really could be one of the highlights of the month.
Another title bout Stateside of note will take place in Kentucky, as Uzbek born Russian based Batyr Akhmedov (4-0, 3) defends his WBA Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title against the heavy handed Ismael Barroso (20-2-2, 19). This is another tough test, on paper at least, for Akhmedov but he has shone since making his debut in February 2017 and looks like one of the most exciting prospects in world boxing. Barroso was highly touted a few years ago, and claimed the WBA "interim" Lightweight title with a win over Kevin Mitchell. Since then however he has gone 1-2 and is an old 35 year old.
Staying in the US there will also be a couple of bouts of note in Texas.
One of those will see Kyrgyzstan born Kazakh fighter Ali Baloyev (5-0, 4) battle against American foe Richard Urquizo (3-4-2, 1) for the lightly regarded NABF Junior Cruiserweight title. It's hard to imagine anything but a Baloyev win here, especially given his power and 3 stoppage losses that Urquizo has suffered in his 4 losses.
Another Kazakh in action on this show is Askhat Zhantursynov (0-0), who will be making his debut against American Michael Coronado (1-1-1). Hard to say too much about this bout, but we have been informed that Zhantursynov was a former kick boxer and could end up being the next guy to switch codes with some genuine success.