The most notable show for us this coming Friday is in Tokyo, where Hideka Todaka will be promoting a card.
The main event of this show will see the talented Koki Koshikawa (8-1, 5), who is ranked #3 by the JBC at 154lbs, take on Indonesian visitor Yosmar Kefi (9-9, 8). On paper this looks like a dangerous bout for Koshikawa, given Kefi's reputation as a puncher, but in reality we don't see this as anything but a total mismatch as Koshikawa looks to move a step closer to his first title bout.
In another notable bout, fans will see Japanese ranked Featherweights clash, with Kazuma Sanpei (16-5, 7) and Tatsuya Otsubo (13-9-1, 4) facing off in a must win bout. Both men had mixed 2018's, going 2-1, losing to real talented fights by stoppage. Sanpei was stopped in July by Yoshimitsu Kimura and a month later Otsubo was stopped in a Japanese title fight by Taiki Minamoto. This could easily be the Asian bout of the weekend.
Also on this card was 2017 Rookie of the Year runner up Kento Yabusaki (6-2-1, 4), who has bounced back from his loss in the Rookie of the Year final with a couple of good wins. He'll be stepping up to his first 8 rounder here as he takes on domestic foe Yuji Okinori (8-4-2, 1), who has failed to take a win in his last 3 bouts.
As well as the Japanese card there will also be one in Singapore.
The main event of the card will see Singapore's very own Hamzah Farouk (7-0, 5) battle against Thai veteran Paiboon Lorkham (19-11, 8), in what will be Farouk's first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight title. It's hard to back the Thai here, despite his wealth of experience, given he's now 40, but he should be a decent test for Farouk who is looking to become the face of Singaporean boxing.
In an all unbeaten bout we'll see Singaporean based French born fighter Abdelelah Karroum (4-0, 4) take on Filipino born Singaporean foe Alexandrew David (4-0-1, 2). This bout will be for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Light Middleweight title. It's hard to read too much into what the potential winner of this bout will do, but by it's self this does look like it could be a very interesting match up.
Another bout of note here will see Filipino fighter Jeson Umbal (16-6, 11) take on Indonesian foe Tommy Seran (28-16, 16), in what should be a very straight forward win for the under-rated Umbal. It's worth noting that Umbal did lose last time out, losing a majority decision to Muhamad Ridhwan last year, but he shouldn't struggle at all against Seran, who has lost his last 4 and 7 of his last 8.
As well as the bouts in Asia there will also be a notable bout in the US, with unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2) battling against American based Mexican foe Cristian Olivas (16-4, 13). This looks to be another good step forward for Alimkhanuly who looked good last time out after a fell than stellar performances. We suspect the Kazakh will again show his ability here, though there are still areas to work on, and we want to start seeing some killer instinct from him, rather than just the skills we already knew he had.
There's not much Asian action this coming Friday, as we all begin the count down to a truly incredible December. Whilst there isn't a lot there is some action worthy of note in both Singapore and the Philippines.
In Singapore fans will see unbeaten local hopeful Hamzah Farouk (6-0, 4) fight for his first title, as he takes on experienced Indonesian Isack Junior (25-9-3, 8) for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight title. The unbeaten Farouk debuted last year and has stepped up gradually, through his first 6 bouts, though this is a massive step up from his previous competition. Junior on the other hand has fallen a long way short from early expectations, after a 22-1-2 (8) start to professional boxing. With 8 losses in his last 10 we can't really see what Juniour has to offer Farouk, mentally or physically.
Another unbeaten on this card is Abdelelah Karroum (3-0, 3), who takes on Indonesian journeyman Hardian Siregar (6-20, 2). Not too much is known of Karroum, who only debuted this past Fabruary, but the Singaporean based French is looking destructive, and has needed just 4 rounds to stop his first 3 opponents
As well as the show in Singapore there will also be action in the Philippines, with a small card in Laguna.
The main event of the card will see 22 year old Robert Onggocan (10-4, 6) look to build some career momentum, after 3 close losses in his last 4 bouts. The talented Onggocan has been matched hard and, as a result, got a misleading record that doesn't show how good he is. Given how impressed we've been by Onggocan we suspect he has the potential to compete at OPBF level in the future, if he doesn't get disillusioned with the sport. In the opposite corner to Onggocan will be 24 year old Jason Buenaobra (6-3-3, 3), who will come into this fight with a lot of ambition of his own, and could well end up making things very interesting. Although Buenaobra has suffered 3 losses of his own he is currently on a 4 fight unbeaten run.
A supporting bout will see former OPBF Super Bantamweight title challenger Jhunriel Ramonal (14-8-4, 7), who was stopped in 3 rounds by Shingo Wake back in 2013, end a 4 year break from the ring to take on the unbeaten Jenel Lausa (7-0, 4). Ramonal was a decent fighter back in his pomp, at least domestically, but with a 2-4-3 record in his last 9 bouts and a 4 year break we do wonder what he has left to offer. The unbeaten 30 year old Lausa, is also returning to the ring after a break, having been away for more than 2 years himself. Sadly for Lausa his break left him unable to build on a very good win over Jon Jon Estrada, and we're hoping he'll be wanting to make up for lost time.
Another unbeaten fighter on this card is the fast rising Kristian Hernandez (4-0, 4), who only debuted back in May but is already trying to record his 5th professional win. The heavy handed Hernandez is still in the formative years of his career, but is stepping up here, to take on veteran Prell Tupas (10-35-5, 2). Tupas, at his best, could have posed some questions for Hernandez, but sadly Tupas has lost his last 4, 3 by stoppage, and now looks to have little use in the sport, other than to pad records. We suspect Tupas fails to make it beyond round 5 here.
Attention turns to Singapore this coming Friday, as Golden Gloves Asia put on a pretty notable card, featuring some promising local talent.
The headline bout from the card will see the unbeaten Muhamad Ridhwan (10-0, 7) continue his rise through the ranks as he takes on Indonesian veteran Rivo Rengkung (36-25-6, 14). On paper this is a step backwards for Ridhwan, given he beat Jeson Umbal back in April, but he's keep busy ahead of a scheduled September bout against Mike Tawatchai. The 34 year old Rengkung, fighting in his 68th bout, has been stopped in his last 2 bouts and will be expected to come up short again here, though may find a way to survive to the final bell.
Another unbeaten local who seems to be taking a step back as he stays busy is Hamzah Farouk (5-0, 3), who takes on Ramly Pasaribu (6-12, 1). Given that Farouk has beaten a couple of better fighters this year this bout does seem disappointing, but the 29 year old is staying busy with this being his third bout of the year and we suspect his team will look to move him up a level before the end of 2018. As for Pasaribu he has won his last 2 bouts, but has been stopped in all 6 of his bouts outside of Indonesia.
Another local worthy of note is Abdelelah Karroum (2-0, 2), who steps up in class to face Benny Tamaela (4-8, 1). The local has blown out his first 2 opponents inside a round and will be hoping to continue his destructive run here. On paper this is a step up, however Tamaela has been stopped in 6 of his 8 losses, and is unlikely to survive Karroum's power for the scheduled 6 rounds.
Compostela Valley, Philippines
Also on Friday will be a small Filipino card.
In one of the notable bouts fans will see Aries Buenavidez (10-2, 6) put his 6 fight winning run on the line as he goes up against Arnold Garde (8-6-3, 3). The in form Buenavidez has stopped 5 of his last 6 and has been stepping up in class recently, going from novices to notable domestic veterans, but this does look like another step up for the 22 year old. As for Garde he is a decent test on the domestic level, but he has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5, suffering stoppage losses to Jonathan Taconing and Rey Loreto in his last 2 bouts. Garde could be a good test for Buenvidez, but if the last two bouts have taken their toll on him he may well become the next stoppage victim for the twice beaten prospect.
Another prospect expecting to pick up a win is the unbeaten Joel Lino (9-0-1, 3), who faces off against domestic journeyman Bonjun Loperez (10-9-1, 5). The 23 year old Lino has recently shown a belief in his power, stopping his last 2 foes, and this could well be a third stoppage win in a row given that Loperez has been stopped in 6 of his 9 losses. Loperez has got some power of his own, but it's unlikely he'll pose too muchg of a threat for the unbeaten youngster.
Also on this card will be Ronnie Baldonado (10-1-1, 7), who looks to bounce back from his March loss to Kosei Tanaka, as he takes on Ramel Antaran (3-9-1). This really should be a mismatch in favour of Baldonado, though we can't complain too much at the 22 year old having an easy fight given the damage he had taken at the hands of Tanaka, who stopped him after 9 relative one-sided rounds. Antaran was stopped himself last time out, inside a round by Orlie Silvestre,and we are expecting him to be stopped again here by the talented Baldonado.