The main show this coming Saturday comes from Osaka as Harada Promotions, along with reason Promotions, where we get a Japanese title double header.
One of those bouts will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (30-9-2, 19) defending his title against mandatory challenger Koji Itagaki (18-11-3, 7). Coming in to this bout Hisada has made 2 defenses already and is working his way towards a world title fight, in fact at the time of writing Hisada is ranked in the top 10 by all 4 world title bodies and talking about getting a shot at a belt by the end of 2018. Itagaki got this shot on the back of a win over Koki Ono last October, but with 11 losses in 32 fights, and recent defeats to Kenichi Horikawa and Rey Loreto don't suggest he'll be a tough challenger for the in form Hisada.
The other title fight will be a rematch between Go Onaga (28-3-4, 19) and Hiroyuki Kudaka (25-17-2, 11), who fight for the vacant Japanese Super Flyweight title. These two fought to a technical draw last year, in what was a title eliminator, but both will be getting a shot following Ryuichi Funai vacating the belt. At 37, soon to be 38, it's hard to envisage Onaga having much left in the tank but this will almost certainly be his final shot at winning a title, following set backs in previous Japanese and OPBF title shots. For Kudaka, who is a 4-time world title challenger, this is a chance to add to his career honours, which includes a short reign as the World Boxing Council International Silver Flyweight champion back in 2010. Kudaka has lost 7 of his last 11, but has mixed at a very high level losing to the likes of Omar Andres Narvaez, Ryo Matsumoto, Mark John Yap and Takuma Inoue. It's hard to not think the 33 year old Kudaka will come out on top here.
As well as the title action in Japan there will also be a title action in Benguet, in the Philippines.
One of those bouts will see GAB Flyweight champion Ryan Rey Ponteras (21-12-1, 10) make his second defense as he takes on one the once beaten Genisis Libranza (14-1, 9). Although Ponteras' record isn't impressive on paper he's far from a push over and on his day can be a real night mare, as he showed against Rusalee Samor in 2012, and more recently against Renerio Arizala. The 24 year old Libranza looked like a very promising prospect before being thrown to the wolves last year and getting stopped in 4 rounds by the criminally under-rated Moruti Mthalane in South Africa. Since that loss he has picked up 3 confidence building wins but this is a step up from those victories.
Another fighter of note on this card is the unbeaten Jayson Vayson (5-0, 3), who not only had a great name but also an unbeaten record. The 19 year old Vayson will be fighting in his 3rd 6 rounder as he takes on Alvin Tayo (2-5-1, 2). On paper this is a mismatch but Tayo pushed Vayson all the way last September and is clear going to be up for this mismatch, whilst Vayson will be wanting to leave no doubt this time around.
In the US fans will have a chance to see Uzbek Heavyweight prospect Rustam Tulaganov (1-0) fight in his second professional bout, as he takes on the dangerous Martez McGregor (5-1, 4). The Uzbek, a bronze medal winner a the 2016 Rio Olympics, is a top talent and is one to watch going forward. Despite the Uzbek's amateur credentials this is a very tough test for a second professional outing and McGregor is very dangerous early on, with all 4 of his stoppages coming in the first 2 rounds. A win for Tulaganov is expect, but he could also be given a chin check here.
In India fight fans will see unbeaten local Vikas Singh (5-0-1, 4) battle against former OPBF Super Middleweight title challenger Kajornsak Sithsaithong (11-7, 10), in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. The unbeaten Singh fought to a draw last time out, with the result ending a 4 fight stoppage run, but coming into this he's unbeaten and looks like he's taking a bit of a step up here, despite the fact the Thai is far from a natural Cruiserweight. The Thai is best known for his 2015 fight against Yuzo Kiyota, where he dropped the then OPBF champion before being stopped in the 10th round. At his best the Thai could be a nightmare for Singh, though he would need to be at his best to get the win in India, especially given that Kajornsak is 1-5 outside of Thailand. Despite his poor form away from home, Kajornsak did score an upset in his last fight, out pointing Yamato Fujinaka in Japan, and will be somewhat confident coming into this bout.
This Friday is a very busy day in Asian boxing with numerous former world champions in action and several really interesting bouts.
The first of the former world champions in action today is former WBC Super Flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (29-4-1, 26). The heavy handed Thai will be defending his regional WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight title against Filipino Bobby Concepcion (11-5-1, 5) in what we suspect will prove to be a disappointingly one sided mismatch. Concepcion comes into this bout on the back of successive stoppage losses and will not be expected to even test the Thai puncher who has scored wins in each of the last two months.
In Tokyo we get a really interesting show, albeit one that is more interesting for those interested in Japanese domestic and Oriental scenes.
The main event promising to be thrilling as the always entertaining Shuhei Tsuchiya (16-3, 14) battles against Japanese based Filipino Ricky Sismundo (26-8-1, 12). The bout pits two Japanese ranked Lightweights against each other with both hoping to recapture some form after recent losses. Tsuchiya enters this bout 2-3 in his last 5 bouts with the most recent losses being stoppages to Leonardo Zappvigna, who stopped him in a bloody 10 round affair, and Masayoshi Nakatani, who dominated him in a 3-round break out win for the Ioka youngster. Sismundo lost his last bout, also to Nakatni, by decision and will know that a win here could open up title opportunities for him in 2015. This is a fantastic bout and should be thrilling for as long as it lasts.
In a second bout between Japanese and Filipino fighters fan will see #2 ranked Japanese Super Featherweight Yuya Sugizaki (19-9-1, 6) battle against heavy handed but limited Filipino slugger Gabriel Royo (9-10-2, 8). This should be an easy win for Sugizaki though Royo's power may keep this interesting early on.
Another bout on this card that has caught out eye will see the OPBF and Japanese Yuta Nakagawa (13-4-1, 8) risking his rankings against the heavy hitting Yuta Saito (7-4-2, 6). Saito was the 2012 All Japan Rookie of the Year MVP though has really failed to shine in his last two bouts, if he catches Nakagawa this could be an interesting fight however Nakagawa should win given his ability and experience.
A fourth bout from this show that we're interested in is a 6 rounder that features the touted Koki Koshikawa (2-0, 1). Koshikawa will be fighting against Ryoji Miyagi (7-4-1, 4) in a clear step up for the Celes gym prospect. Miyagi comes into this bout with no real form having lost his last 2 bouts, including a stoppage to current Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada, however he does have an edge in experience and could well test the promising youngster, who turns 24 just days before this fight.
In the most interesting of two separate Russian cards we will see several notable fighters including two former world champions in the main event. Sadly however a number of these bouts do feel like mismatches.
The biggest mismatch is in the main event, where recent WBO Light Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16) battles against Mexican veteran Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57). In his prime Castillo would have been a perfect opponent to see Provodnikov fight, in fact that would likely have been a classic. Sadly Castillo is now almost a decade past his prime and aged 40 he's unlikely to do much more than be a human puncher here for the “Siberian Rocky”.
In a second 12 rounder fans will see the light hitting but talented Andrey Klimov (18-1, 9) defending his WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title against Mexican visitor Gabino Cota (16-2-1, 14). We suspect that Klimov will win this as Cota has a very padded record, though with 14 stoppages in 19 bouts he may have genuine power that could make this interesting, though it is doubtful.
A third 12 rounder on this show sees the exciting Sergey Lipinets (4-0, 3) going for his first professional title. Lipinets will be hoping to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title as he battles against Filipino Ernie Sanchez (14-5-1, 5) in what looks to be an opportunity to let Lipinets into the world WBO world rankings. We like the Russian and we like that he's being fast tracked and in all honesty we can't see anything but a Lipinets win here.
At Cruiserweight we see another former world champion in actual as Cuban veteran Juan Carlos Gomez (55-3-0-1, 20) attempts to end the KO streak of Russian puncher Dmitry Kudryashov (15-0, 15). On paper this is a step up for the Russian though if he wins in style there is little doubt that he'll be moved towards a world title bout in 2015. Gomez is a long way removed from his prime but he's on a nice run of 6 straight wins and knows a win here will move back into the world rankings. We doubt the win is all Kudryashov wants here and he'll be seeking a stoppage to keep his great run going.
A second Cruiserweight bout here will see Rakhim Chakhkiev (20-1, 15) battling against the heavy handed Jackson Junior (15-1, 13) in what looks like a genuinely exciting bout for the Russian ahead of possible world title bout in 2015.
One other notable name down for this show is Olympic champion Egor Mekhontsev (6-0, 6) who will be in his 7th bout of the year. We want to see the Mekhontsev step up now as he's now 30 years old and hasn't got time to waste on many more mismatches, especially given his amateur pedigree, power and ability. Sadly however he is only fighting against Joey Vegas (17-9-1, 10) and this shouldn't be difficult at all for the talented Russian.
On a second Russian show we have a few interesting, though lower level, bouts.
The most interesting bout here comes at Cruiserweight as the promising Yury Kashinsky (4-0, 4) battles against Yuriy Barashian (27-7, 18) in a clear step up for Kashinsky who could become yet another Russian name in the Cruiserweight rankings.
A second notable bout here will see PABA Light Middleweight champion Pavel Mamontov (9-1-2, 2) defending his title against Argentinian fighter Oscar Roberto Medina (24-6-2, 9). We're not big on Mamontov and wouldn't be surprised to see him losing sometime soon, but it's unlikely to be here.
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October 18th-Golovkin Vs Rubio and Donaire Vs Walters...we're going to have explosions this Saturday!
This Saturday isn't a huge fay in boxing but it is one we're very excited about as we get a pair of world title fights with both of them involving massive punchers. As well as those two fights we get heavy handed Russian's in action on day that promises some explosive punching
This weekend's big action comes from the brilliant Stubhub Center, a venue that always seems to generate great fights and is quickly becoming one of the best venues in the sport.
The main action at the Stubhub consists of two world title fights, both of which feature Asian world champions and both of which look like genuine fantastic contests with fire works guaranteed in both contests.
The first will see Filipino star Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21) attempt to defend the WBA Featherweight "super" title against the unbeaten and very heavy handed Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20) of Jamaica. This bout promises excitement due to the power and ability of both men, and although it may have it's slow points with both men showing a lot of respect to the other man, the fight will be tense through out from the opening bell to the end, however that end comes. For Donaire this is a really dangerous bout and one that he'll know he needs to be at his best to survive, never mind win.
The other bout will arguably be even better as hard hitting Kazakh Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27) will take on Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51). The bout will see Golovkin defending his WBA Middleweight super title whilst also hoping to add the interim WBC Middleweight title to his collection of belts. This bout may be about the WBA title first and foremost but at the end of the day the winner will become the WBC mandatory challenger, yes the WBC continue to make up the rules as they go along, and in theory the winner will be first in line to fight Miguel Cotto next year. A bout between Golovkin, or Rubio, and Cotto would decide the divisional kingpin and a unified champion.
We're expecting more fireworks in Russia as we have two more heavy handed fighters in actions.
One of those will be Heavyweight hopeful Apti Davtaev (8-0, 8) who appears to be in easy against the limited Ante Verunica (3-1, 1). Davtaev is a promising 25 year old though he's a man who will need to sort out his weight if he's going to make it to the next level, we like him but he's a very long way from being in any sort of a notable bout.
The other man will be the world ranked Cruiserweight destroyer Dmitry Kudryashov (14-0, 14) wh will be looking to extend his stoppage run to 15 fights. Kudryashov will be fighting against the experienced Romanian Giulian Ilie (20-7-2, 6), a man who has only been stopped once in 29 pro bouts, albeit that stoppage loss did come last time out against Rakhim Chakhkiev and at 37 Ilie could be there for the taking again here.
Another show of note comes from Laos as we get a title double.
The most interesting of the two bouts will see the heavy handed Kongthara KKP (3-0, 3)* fighting against the debuting Kin Fong Leong (0-0), of Macau, in a battle for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Bantamweight title. Kongthara has won 3 bouts this year, including a very notable victory over Japan's Shingo Kawamura back in May and he will be favoured here.
The other title contest Laos's very own Nampetch Kwanjaisrikod (2-1, 1) defending the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental female Light Flyweight title against the debuting Zongju Cai (0-0) of China.
*We have suspicions about how accurate Kongthara's record is and believe he has more experienced than indicated.
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On Friday we have an excellent day of fights with action through Japan, Thailand, Russia and a bout of interest in the US. A number of these bouts are tournament based bouts but what they all have in common is that they are sure to bring us some great action
For us the best of the Oriental cards is in Tokyo and is the Dangan 101 show which features some fantastic bouts as part of the "B Class Tournament Finals".
The card, on paper, doesn't look anything special but a bit of knowledge about the men in the bouts does convince us that the contests will be great, including the main event between Ryoichi Tamura (2-1) and Yoichi Ide (1-1, 1). Tamura comes in after back to back decision over decent, though unspectacular opponents whilst Ide was tipped for big things last year before coming up short against Shohei Kikuzato.
Another of the interesting B class bouts on this show will see Hideto Miyoshi (7-2-1, 5) fight against Yoshiyuki Takabayashi (7-3, 3) in a very evenly matched contest. Again it's not a pair of big names but it's a bout that's sure to be very competitive and a bout that's almost certainly going to be an enjoyable watch.
In total this show has 9 bouts with 5 of them being "B Class Tournament" final bouts, 2 are Rookie of the Year qualifiers whilst we also have 2 other, none-tournament, bouts
A second Japanese card is in Osaka though unfortunately this bout is significantly less exciting than the Dangan show. The main event here will see Masato Morisaki (7-3-1, 4) fighting an unrecognised Thai.
Whilst the main event isn't great, in fact the card it's self isn't great, the chief support bout does look interesting with Yusaku Suzuki (8-11-2, 5) fighting against Shunji Nagata (8-11-2, 3). Both men have nearly identical records and this should be a very even bout, even though it is a very lower tier contest.
In Thailand we're expecting to see action continue despite the fact the country has come under martial law. The only bout we're aware of however is a contest between PABA Welterweight champion Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (25-0, 19) and limited Kazakh Kanat Kartenbayev (10-7-2, 4). Whilst we're expecting this fight to take place their is speculation that it could be called off or fought under heavy military presence.
Although things don't appear to have gotten too violent in Thailand we do wish our friends over there, like Pal, manage to remain safe in what could be a very testing time. As we all know some things are more important than boxing and making sure everyone in Thailand is safe is of course a bigger issue than boxing.
Whilst much of the days action is in the Orient that doesn't mean Russian fighters are just sitting on the side line, in fact we actually get an excellent card in Krasnodar with several bouts of note.
The first of those bouts will see young Welterweight prospect Alexander Sharonov (1-0, 1) battle against Zamir Zekashev (2-3-2) in a scheduled 6 rounder. Whilst it's not rare to see prospects in this type of bout we have been told that Sharonov is one to keep a close eye on for the future.
Another of the notable bouts will see the unbeaten Sergey Ekimov (10-0, 4) fight against the limited Mikhail Krinitsin (11-4-2, 7) in what should be a somewhat straightforward decision for the promising Ekimov.
Whilst the other two bouts are notable the stand out contest, by quite a margin, is the Cruiserweight contest between the monstrously hard hitting
Dmitry Kudryashov (13-0, 13) and Ivica Bacurin (17-5-1, 7). Kudryashov is looking like a monster at the moment and his rise through the rankings is a destructive one at the moment taking just 34 rounds to wipe out his first 13 opponents. Although Bacurin has been stopped just once in 23 bouts we don't imagine he'll manage to make it to the final bell here. If anything this is a slightly step backwards for Kudryashov who stopped Lubos Suda back in March in his best win to date.
New York, USA
In New York, and on ESPN, we get to see the end of the "Boxcino" tournament. This interests us for two reasons. Firstly the tournament shows that just having a "boxing tournament" can work really well, it gets fans talking and it can grow a small fan base for some fighters who get exposure in the competition. That doesn't mean every show needs to be part of a tournament but, as the Japanese fans know with the "Rookie of the Year" and the "B Class Tournament", they mini tournaments can be a big success.
The other reason is that Russia's Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 16) is in the Lightweight final where he will battle the hard hitting Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13) in what looks like a fantastic closing bout to what has been a very enjoyable competition.
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March 27th-The Tor Buamas clan in action in Thailand, Cruiserweight destroyer looks for lucky #13 whilst title fights take place in the Philippines
Whilst Wednesday was the midweek highlight for boxing fans this week that doesn't mean it's the last day of the boxing week and on Thursday we get yet more action, including more televised action.
Samut Sakhon, Thailand
The televised action comes courtesy of Thai Channel 9 (Modernine TV) and comes live from Samut Sakhon. Although the full list of bouts for the show aren't yet available we believe the main event will see the unbeaten Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (12-0, 9) fighting against Filipino journeyman Rey Las Pinas (18-8-5, 11) in a defence of the Thai's WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title.
The other bouts on this card see established fighters taking on debutants with with female veteran Samson Tor Buamas (31-3, 14), pictured, fighting against Saengmanee Sor Kulawong (0-0) and the recently defeated Tiger Tor Buamas (15-1, 12) fighting against Srisomdech Kwanjaisrikod (0-0).
Although the televised action is in Thailand we dare say that the most notable fight of the day is actually in Russia as KO sensation Dmitry Kudryashov (12-0, 12) takes on Czech veteran Lubos Suda (31-8-1, 23). This will by Kudryashov's biggest test so far but the Russian genuinely looks like a destroyer with his average fight length being 2.5 rounds. Suda is more experienced and the foes Kudryashov has been slicing through though at 37 we're unsure if he can withstand the thunderous power of the fast rising unbeaten man.
This Russian show is expected to have a further 7 bouts on it though they are most at a very low level.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines we get two title bouts, both for variations of the Filipino title.
The better looking of those is between Rene Dacquel (10-3, 3) and Albert Alcoy (14-17-7, 4) who will be competing over the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title. Dacquel comes into the bout with the better record though has lost his last two whilst Alcoy has won just one of his last 12 bouts, an amazingly poor form by anyone's standards.
The other title fight on this show will see Rey Juntilla (17-4-2, 10) fighting against journeyman Edison Berwela (12-28-6, 3) for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Bantamweight title. Juntilla is win-less in 4 despite his impressive looking record though Berwela has won just 1 of his last 12 and just 2 of his last 16.
Another notable name on this show is Warlito Parrenas (18-6, 16). The always exciting Filiipino puncher, also known as WARS Katsumata, will be hoping to make light work of the limited Ryan Soliveres (4-23-1, 1) in what should really be a mismatch.
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