This coming Wednesday we seethe ring return of former world title contender Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking (22-5, 15), who takes on Japanese visitor Naoki Mochizuki (13-2, 8) in a very interesting bout for the IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight title. The Thai had a poor 2017, losing twice to world class fighters in the form of Donnie Nietes and Juan Carlos Reveco, but showed that he was an aggressive and tough fighter who could be a hard night for most fighters in the division. The Japanese fighters is a relative unknown outside of Tokyok but he did show he was a capable fighter last year, when he fought to a majority decision loss to Keisuke Nakayama. This should be a very entertaining fight, but it's hard to see anything but a win for the local favourite.
The most significant bout featuring an Asian this coming Friday comes from Argentina of all places, as former world title challenger Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking (22-4, 15) takes on former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (38-3, 19) in an IBF world title eliminator. The 28 year old Thai fought for a world title earlier this year, coming up short against Donnie Nietes, and will be looking to use that experience here. As for Reveco he will be known to Asian fight fans for his impressive win over Yodmongkol Vor Saenghtep and his two losses to Kazuto Ioka. The winner of this bout will be the mandatory for Nietes, and the really should tell us a lot about both fighters, with Eaktawan looking to prove his world class ability and Reveco trying to prove that he's not yet washed up.
In the US we'll see Korean Jae Ho Kim (6-4-1, 2) take on Vinnie Denierio (1-2, 1). Kim has lost his last 3, and is with out a win in 18 months, though was a Korean Featherweight champion a few years ago. American fighter Denierio will becoming in to this one knowing he has the chance to score a career best win and could well help create a really solid and exciting low tier fight.
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In Australia we'll see veteran Aswin Cabuy (19-63-4,7) continue his long career as he takes on the talented and heavy handed Steve Lovett (15-2-0-1, 12). Coming in to this Lovett has lost his last 2 bouts, by stoppage, and will be looking to get a confidence booster here. Cabuy is a true veteran but unfortunately his role is that of a professional loser, and he's lost his last 5 and rarely sows te intent to win when he knows he's up against a much better fighter.