As we come to another week we've got to be honest, the last few days have been disappointing. That disappointment however ends on Friday with a flurry of bouts, including a notable debut and some seriously interesting looking Thai action.
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
On Thai channel 7 fans will be will be able to see several interesting fighters in action, albeit in relatively one-sided looking bouts.
One of those notable fighters is 23 year Light Flyweight hopeful Hanuman Sithluangporphun (7-4, 1) who will be defending his PABA interim Light Flyweight title against Indonesian fighter Stevanus Nana Bau (2-2-1, 2). The Indonesian fighter, also known as Stevanus Nanai, will be fighting for the first time since his 7th round TKO loss to Iwan Zoda in February though does have half a chance at spring the upset here against a less than spectacular champion.
Another Thailand Vs Indonesia bout will see the unbeaten Thong Sithluangphophun (10-0, 7) fighting in a non-title bout with Ruben Manakane (14-13-1, 9). Thong has looked solid as a prospect and is the PABA Featherweight champion entering this bout however he hasn't scored that “big win” yet. As for Manakane he is a professional loser but he's also a fighter who has mixed with good company including Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat, Marlon Tapales and former world champion Billy Dib.
Also on this card we're expecting to see once beaten Yodsingdaeng jor Chaijinda (6-1, 4), who is set to fight for the first time since being stopped by Daryl Basadre last November.
As well as the Channel 7 card fans in Thai can also tune in to 5 who are showing a title double header with one of our favourite Thai prospects being involved on the show.
That prospect is the wonderfully talented Eaktawan mor Krungthepthonburi (7-0, 6) who will be defending his lightly regarded WBA Asia Flyweight title against Indonesian visitor Ardi Tefa (6-3, 4). Tefa has mixed with really good company and has shared the ring with Denver Cuello and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, however both of those men stopped him in round 3. We'd not be surprised by Eaktawan also stopping him, relative easily.
The other title bout will see Amin sor Wangmoo (10-1-1, 8) defending his WBA Asia Super Featherweight title against Indonesian southpaw Smile Brown (6-19-1, 3). Brown is win-less in almost 8 years and has been inactive for a year suggesting this is a bit of a stitch up with Amin almost certain to retain his title.
A third bout on this card will feature Inthanon Sithchamuang (25-7, 15) though his opponent is unknown at this moment.
The only Japanese show of the day doesn't look to be a great one but there is likely to be some fun for the fans in attendance with a total of 8 bouts.
The main event will see Japanese ranked Welterweight Shusaku Fujinaka (10-5-2, 6) battle against the limited Hisashi Kato (7-7-2, 4). The limited Fujinaka might be ranked by the JBC but has lost 3 of his last 4 and we're not expecting him to show anything great here, though we do suspect he will defeat Kato.
The main event is one of 3 bouts scheduled for 8 rounds and one of the others looks to be very competitive as Takahiro Fujii (6-3-1, 2) battles against the light hitting Koya Sato (7-2-1, 1). This bout doesn't look “exciting” as such but should be wonderfully competitive with both men having similar looking records.
Another even looking bout will see Ryo Narizuka (7-4) battling against Kazuhiro Nakamura (8-5, 3). Narizuka has won his last 2 bouts coming into this contest, including a notable win over Kazuaki Moriya and he will be favoured over Nakamura who hasn't fought in over a year.
In the US fans will get the chance to see former Mongolia amateur stand out Tugstsogt Nyambayar (0-0) make his professional debut as he battles Gabriel Braxton (2-8, 1). This is an “easy” debut for “King Tug” though the expectation is that Nyambayar will be raced to a title given his amateur pedigree, which included silver medals at the 2009 World Amateur Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Pal for the details involving the bouts from Thailand. It is really appreciated.
The start to the new year has certainly been slow but it seems things begin to warm up this week.
New York, USA
The first Asian fighter to fight in the US this year will be Chinese Heavyweight giant Zhang Zhilei (1-0, 1) who will be fighting against the debuting Kaleb Slaughter (0-0). Zhilei made his debut last August in a bout that resembled a farce with Curtis Lee Tate dropping from what was little more than a glancing blow from the Chinese southpaw. We're hoping Slaughter can put up a better effort here and actually let us see what Zhang is about in the professional ranks though with him being a debutant it is hard to know what Slaughter really brings to the ring.
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Whilst the Chinese giant is the “attention grabber” of the day there will also be a Thai show with some interesting fighters on it.
The most interesting of those Thai's is unbeaten PABA Featherweight champion Thong Sithluangphophun (10-0, 7) who will be defending his title against Indonesian opponent Singo Kinaro (6-14, 2) in what looks like a farcical bout between a talented and promising fighter and a poor challenger.
Thankfully there is a better bout on the show as the light punching but very talented Hanuman Sithluangporphun (4-0) takes on Domi Nenokeba (11-22-1, 7). We suspect this will be another win for the home fighter though Nenokeba does travel with the intention of winning and may fancy his chances against Hanuman here.
A third bout being featured on this card, which will be televised by Channel 7, will see Yodsingdaeng Jor Chaijinda (6-1, 4) fighting for the first time since he was stopped by Daryl Basadre. Unfortunately at the time of writing Yodsingdaeng's opponent has not yet been named.