Our attention to the US this coming Saturday with two different US shows featuring Asia fighters. One of those shows is in Nevada whilst the other is in Massachusetts, and interestingly both cards feature a major Middleweight title bout and a combined 3 Olympic gold medal winners!
For us the more significant card is in Nevada, with two Olympic gold medals winners from Asia on the show.
One of those Olympic gold medal winners is 2012 Middleweight gold medal winner Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) who takes on Rob Brant (23-1, 16). The Japanese fighter will be making his second defense of the WBA “regular” Middleweight title as he faces his first mandatory challenger. Murata has got huge plans for 2019, including a potential bout with Gennady Golovkin. We're really not sure how Brant has managed to work his way into a mandatory position but in his most notable bout to date he was clearly beaten by Juergen Braehmer, who was too good and too smart. We're expecting to see Murata being too power, too determined and too strong for the American challenger. A preview of this bout can be read here - Japanese star Murata takes on the challenge of Rob Brant
The other Olympic gold medal winner is 2016 Light Welterweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (5-0, 2), who takes a huge step up in class to battle American based Mexican Wilberth Lopez (23-9, 15). It's fair to say that whilst Gaibnazarov is a talented fighter he hasn't, yet, set the world on fire as a professional and there are worries that he won't live up to the expectations on his shoulders. This should be a great chance for his to prove his value as a professional. Lopez is no world beater, but is the sort of fighter that gives prospects a good test, and we expect to see him perform that duty again here, as he's done against the likes of Ivan Baranchyk, Alex Saucedo and Batyrzhan Jukembayev.
Amazingly we have another gold medal winner in action in Massachusetts as Kazakh fighter Daniyar Yeleussinov (3-0, 1), the 2016 Welterweight gold medal winner will be up against Matt Dougherty (8-5-1, 4). This should be a straight forward win for Yeleussinov, as he takes on a rugged but under-sized foe, though it's been a disappointing and uninspiring start to his professional so far given that former amateur rival Shakhram Giyasov is already fighting notable foes.
Notably this card in Massachusetts will be headlined by a WBO Middleweight title fight, though there is no direct Asian interest in that bout.
In Asia we get a card from Thailand televised by Workpoint. The main event here will see Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (16-5-11, 13) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title against Japanese challenger Seita Ogido (12-3-3, 3). This isn't a huge bout, but it is a very interesting one and a well matched one, with the winner certainly boosting their chance of getting a notable fight in 2019.
In the US this Sunday fight fans will get the chance to see Kazakh prospect Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0, 4) continue his development with a bout against Devaun Lee (7-2, 3). This will be Yeleussinov's first 8 rounder and with some lucky a win here will see him move on to face some opponents of some sort of name value. The Kazakh is only a professional novice, but at 30 he doesn't really have time to waste with too many developmental fights.
Japanese fans get a real treat this week with a solid looking card at the Korakuen Hall.
In the main event fight fans will see IBF #1 ranked Super Bantamweight contender Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) battle against Indonesian visitor Waldo Sabu (7-2, 2) in what is regarded as a tune up bout for Wake, ahead of a world title fight later in the year. The IBF have ordered the winner of the upcoming Scott Quigg Vs Carl Frampton fight to face Wake in a mandatory title fight and this bout is just to keep the juices flowing for Wake ahead of such a bout later in the year. Sabu does have a huge opportunity to make a name for himself but the reality is that he'll be lucky to see out the distance against the under-rated Wake.
Whilst the main event is a mismatch the under-card does have some interesting supporting bouts. One of those will see Wake's stablemate Kenya Yamashita (8-1, 5) battle the returning Katsunori Nagamine (10-1, 6), who is fighting for the first time since a loss last year to Ken Shiro. On paper this is a great bout, and one where an argument could be made for either man, but the reality is that Yamashita should be the favourite given that Nagamine has recently under-gone serious eye surgery following a detached retina, suffered in the Ken Shiro bout.
Another brilliant supporting bout will see former Japanese Super Flyweight title challengers collide as Toyoto Shiraishi (25-8-3, 12) takes on Hayato Kimura (24-8, 16). This is a really well matched contest and the two men will be fighting with the hope of securing another title fight down the line, however both will know that current champion Sho Ishida is out of their league and they will likely have to wait until he vacates before going for the belt
In the US fan will see Kazakh hopeful Dauren Yeleussinov (4-0, 3) continue his development in a 6 rounder. Sadly at the time of writing his opponent hasn't been named.
New York, USA
Promising US based Kazakh Dauren Yeleussinov (2-0, 2) will look to continue his perfect start as he takes on Henry Beckford (2-2, 1) in what should be a straight for win for the promising unbeaten 29 year old.
The Rookie of the Year continues on May 15th with 12 bouts in the Rookie of the East. These bouts will take place between Light Flyweight and Middleweight.
Rather than going into each of the bouts we'll just note that the Super Featherweight division is the busiest of the weight classes with 3 bouts, though there was originally 4 bouts in the division wish one being cancelled after the card was announced.
In Thailand fans will have a small show on channel 7.
The main event on the Thai show will see Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (31-7-1, 14) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title against Indonesian Tommy Seran (24-4, 15) in what looks like a great bout on paper. Unfortunately however Seran is 1-3 in his last 4 bouts and all 3 of those losses have come on the round, including a defeat to recent “world” title challenger Ma Yi Ming, who was recently dominated by Randy Petalcorin.
In a supporting bout Petchorhae Kokietgym (11-0, 7) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line against busy Indonesian Domi Nenokeba (11-23-1, 7), who will be looking to avoid a 24th straight loss. Although active Nenokeba has become a professional loser, picking up 6 defeats last year alone.
Another Thai in action here will be Manachai Banchamek (3-0-1, 2) , who continues his trend of fighting every month this year. Last time out we saw Manachai fight to a draw with Boonpon Rachawongsi and we've got to admit we like what we've seen so far of Manachai.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia we get the chance to see a couple more fights involving Asian fighters.
The main event of the card will see Filipino puncher Marco Demecillo (20-3-1, 15) attempt to claim the PABA Super Bantamweight title as he battles against TJ Doheny (10-0, 7). The bout is genuinely interesting and we're hoping it lives up to the expectation.
Lower on the card China's Zhang Yong (3-4-1, 1) will be battling win-less Australian Ehsan Shakeri (0-4) in a low level 4 round bout whilst Komkit Chanawong (0-1) will be up against it as he faces Darragh Foley (4-0, 3).
In the US fans will have the chance to see the very promising Dauren Yeleussinov (1-0, 1), originally from Kazakhstan, battle against Eddie Tigs (1-5-3). Tigs is a tough and tall fighter, who has never been stopped, however Yeleussinov is a sensational prospect and the 28 year old is expected to be fast tracked. A quick win here for the Kazakh will hopefully see him stepping up in class.