The biggest fight for us this coming Saturday will see IBF Light Welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10) risk his title against the outstanding Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30), with Garcia looking to become a 4-weight champion. The American based Kazakh born champion won the title late last year following a competitive win over teak tough Japanese fighter Akihiro Kondo and will be looking to prove he's world class as he takes on Garcia. For Garcia the bout will see him looking to further prove himself as a pound for pound elite. On paper Garcia will be the heavily fancied man here,and the better pure boxer, but Lipinets is the naturally bigger and stronger fighter and could prove a tougher than expected test for Garcia.
Another world title bout will take place in Germany, with Tamao Ozawa (13-4, 5) taking on Raja Amasheh (20-1-1-1, 4) for the vacant WBO female Super Flyweight title. On paper the 35 year old Amasheh will be heavily favoured, given she has the home advantages and the much better record, though she has been out of the ring for almost a year and has just a single win in the last 24 months. For Ozawa the bout will be her second world title bout, following a loss to Su Yun Hong last year in a bout for the WBO Female Light Flyweight title. Despite losing to Hong Ozawa may feel more comfortable here, given she is naturally a Super Flyweight, and had to really boil down to make the Light Flyweight limit. This could be much better than it looks on paper.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Fans in Asia will also get the chance to see a small card in Metro Manila thanks to the promotional outfit of the legendary Gerry Penalosa.
The main event will feature the once beaten Carlo Caesar Penalosa (10-1, 3) battling against Tanzania's Adam Yahaya (18-2-1, 7) in a very good looking match up. Coming into this Penalosa has won his last 3 following a surprise defeat to Reymark Taday early last year. The visitor lost 2 of his first 5 bouts but has since gone 15-0-1. On paper that sounds impressive but Yahaya has fought some dire opposition and this is his toughest bout on paper, by some margin.
Another bout of note will see Malaysian prospect Muhamad Farkhan (5-0, 5) take on Indonesian veteran Jamed Jalarante (23-22-1, 11). The unbeaten Farkhan is arguably the most promising Malaysian fighter currently coming through the ranks, though how far he can go is yet to be seen. The 33 year old Jalarante was once a promising fighter, but over the last 8 years he has racked up losses, many by stoppage, and struggled to score any wins of note. Farkhan should win, and continue his rise, and hopefully he'll move on to a real test later this year.
Another unbeaten puncher on this card is teenager Dave Apolinario (5-0, 4), who looks to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on the limited Dexter Dimaculangan (3-15-5, 1). Aged 19 Apolinario looks like one of the most exciting young Filipino fighters rising through the ranks, and whilst he is clearly some way from getting fights his rise is going to be a fun one to follow, and this will just be the next chapter in that rise.
Another Filipino card is set to take place in Laguna, with two title bouts.
One of those title bouts will see Jheritz Chavez (7-2-2, 5) take on a the hard hitting Reymond Yanong (9-3-1, 8) for the GAB title at 140lbs. This should be a really interesting test and will test Yanong's power against Chavez's toughness in what could be a very good contest for the fans in attendance, even if neither fighter is a world beater in the making.
The other title bout will see the once beaten Umi Ishikawa (5-1, 3) face off with local southpaw Norj Guro (9-7-1, 4) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Female Minimumweight title. Neither of those fighters have looked that impressive but they should make for a compelling contest together, with neither really able to take another defeat at this stage, if they are wanting to go on to bigger and better things.
In Australia fight fans will get the chance to see Australian based Filipino veteran Jack Asis (38-20-5, 19) take on Rivan Cesaire (15-5-1, 3). The 34 year old Asis has been one of the feel good stories of the last 6 or 7 years, as he turned his record around from 21-19-4 to actually being in the world rankings. He has however suffered a couple of recent defeats which has lead him to fighting low key bouts, like this one. Cesair is himself an Australian based import, originally from Cameroon, and at 33 years old he will be looking to avoid another defeat, and scored his 5th straight win. This should be an interesting bout between two men who will both be hungry for the victory.
The biggest bout of the day, in regards to Asian fights at least, comes from Rizal where we see a rearranged contest between the talented, and criminally under-rated, Jonas Sultan (12-3, 8) and former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (43-13-5, 30). The bout will see Sultan defending his IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title, which he won last time out when he stopped Makazole Tete, and both men will be seeing a win here as potentially opening the door to a world title fight.
Xi An, China
In China we'll be getting quite a notable show.
The main event of this card will see the world ranked Can Xu (11-2) defending his WBA International Super Featherweight title against Filipino veteran Jack Asis (35-19-5,18). This will be Asis' first bout since he lost to Malcolm Klassen last year, and will see him ending a retirement, a retirement that he announced following the loss to Klassen. Xu is risking his world ranking and his title, but will favour his youth and energy to be the difference here.
In a bout pitting a local talent against an Indonesian, fans will see Wulan Tuolehazi (4-3, 1) battle former world title challenger Nouldy Manakane (32-21-2, 18), with Tuolehazi seemingly replacing Qiu Xiao Jun who was originally set to face the Indonesian veteran. At his best Manakane was a decent fighter, but nothing better than decent on the regional scene. Saying that however it's hard to know how good Tuolehazi is and although he should win here, it's still not likely we'll know really how good he is for a while yet.
In a China Vs Japan bout we'll unbeaten Chinese hopeful Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (11-0-1, 5) battle with Japanese veteran Taisho Ozawa (21-9-2, 13). Although relatively unknown Baisahnbo has caught our eye in the past and the 22 year old does look like a genuine prospect. Aged 36 Ozawa is in last chance saloon, and is looking to record his first win since 2012!
Also on this card will be a bout between heavy handed Puerto Rican Waldemar Pagan (8-1, 7) and Filipino Macrea Gandionco (12-4-2, 7). Although not an Asian fighter this will be Pagan's second fight in Asia, where he has also been used as a sparring partner, and he has impressed in the area, likely leaving a number of promotional outfits interested in him long term. The Filipino has already been stopped 4 times in his career, and it's hard to imagine him lasting the distance with the Puerto Rican here.
The only show in Japan is a small one in Osaka. Whilst it is small, and very low key, it does have a somewhat notable main event as the unbeaten Takuya Uehara (11-0, 6) defends his WBC Youth Featherweight title against Thai visitor Nongdear Sor Bangkharu (1-14). Despite the title being on the line it's hard to get too excited about this one given the unbeaten champion is taking on someone who has lost his last 6, suffering 5 stoppages during that run.
In Australia fans will see Australian veteran Les Sherrington (35-10, 19) battle against Indonesian foe Marco Tuhumury (11-17-2, 4) in what should be a straight forward win for Sherrington, despite the fact he's 34 and been stopped in his last 3 bouts, dating back more than 2 years.
Eastern Cape, South Africa
In South Africa we'll see Indonesian veteran Rivo Rengkung (34-22-4, 13) take on the big punching Macbute Sinyabi (28-4, 20) in a bout for a minor IBO title at Featherweight. Rengkung has lost a lot in recent years but does hold a relatively notable win over Vergil Puton and could prove to be a better match up for Sinyabi than his record suggests.
On the same card fans will see Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (35-18-5, 18) take part in his delayed bout with South African Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17). Asis and Klassen were meant to fight last week but that bout was rescheduled to this week following an issue with the officials, with one being a South African like Klassen rather than all of them being neutral.
Uzbek Uktamjon Rahmonov (5-1-1, 1) looks to end a 2 fight slide as he faces a yet to be named opponent in Russia. Rahmonov showed promise early in his career beating James Onyango and Oscar Roberto Medina but a draw and a loss in his last 2 have seriously set his career backwards and he will know anything but a win here will not be good.
Gaunteng, South Africa
The most notable bout featuring an Asian interest sees Australian based Filipino “Cinderella Man” Jack Asis (35-18-1, 18) take on former world champion Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2, 17) in South Africa. Coming into this Asis is the IBO Super Featherweight champion and will be looking to defend that title, and continue his remarkable career turn around, however Klassen is a big step up from the fighters that Asis has been beating on the Australian scene in recent years.
In Japan there is Rookie card, a part of the larger Rookie of the Year event. In total there is 9 bouts scheduled for the card with the most interesting being a Featherweight bout between the once beaten Daiki Wakamatsu (4-1, 3) and Toru Kiyota (4-0, 3). This is the sort of match up the the Rookie of the Year events gives us and is the sort of fight that fans have to admire with the two fighters each looking to secure a notable win, and each knowing that their opponent will come in believing they can win
In the US fans will see Uzbek prospect Botirali Mamajonov (3-0, 2) take on the win-less Eric Evans (0-1). This will be Mamajonov's first 6 rounder, but the reality is that it shouldn't go the distance.
Strangely the most notable Asian action this Friday is in Canada where we get the chance to see a very intriguing bout featuring a criminally under-rated Filipino and the “debut” of a Kazakh prospect.
The under-rated Filipino fighter is the well travelled Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13), who adds the Canadian stamp to his passport. The Filipino warrior was unlucky earlier this year against Jose Felix Jr, losing a much debated split decision, and will be hoping for some good fortune this weekend as he goes up against former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2, 20). On paper this is a huge ask for Sismundo, who is going up in weight against a 2-time world title challenger, but the Filipino has never backed down from a challenger and he'll almost certainly give his all here.
The “debuting” Kazakh on this card is Battyrzhan Jukenbayev (0-0-0-2), who's record lists 2 “No Contests” Kamil Wybranie (3-2, 3). Although touted Jukenbayev is thought to be perhaps lacking mentally and will need to answer that if his career is actually going to get off the ground with a real result.
In Australia fans will get the chance to see Australian based Filipino “Cinderella Man” Jack Asis (34-18-5, 18) look to continue his remarkable career turn around. Asis, who was 21-18-4 (10) just 5 over years ago. has gone 13-0-1 (8) in his last 14 and will be looking to extend that unbeaten run as he takes on Waylon Law (9-6, 2). Law is the naturally bigger man, and should tower over Asis, though hasn't fought in close to 2 years ad we think this a genuinely intriguing contest.
In Asia fans will be able to see a qualifying round of the East Rookie of the Year at the Korakuen Hall. In total 11 bouts will be on this card with, arguably, the most interesting being a Featherweight bout between Ken Matsuzawa (3-0, 3) and Yoshimitsu Kimura (3-0, 1). Matsuzawa will be the favourite, given his perfect KO record, but 19 year old Kimura is a stable mate of Daigo Higa and Koki Eto and will be full of confidence coming into this one.
The lull in action comes to a notable end this Saturday with major fights across Asia.
The most significant bout for us comes form Thailand where we get a mouth watering IBF Flyweight title bout between one of the most explosive lighter weight fighters and one of the trickiest. The bout will see unbeaten champion Amnat Ruenroeng (15-0, 5) defending his title for the 4th time as he takes on exciting Filipino Johnriel Casimero (21-2, 13). This is one of the best match ups this year though the big question is whether or not Casimero can solve the puzzle set by the tricky Thai. If Casimero is to win he will likely need a KO, though he does have the power to score one. If Amnat can control the pace of the bout and the range he'll like continue his run of notching impressive victory, despite not managing to really set the world alight with his style.
Whilst the main event is great there are other interesting bouts of note on the under-card. One of which is debut of 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (0-0) who debuts in a Middleweight bout against Indonesian journeyman Jamed Jalarante (23-18-1, 11). Aged 34 we don't expect Manus to become the star that her perhaps could have been, but this should still prove to be an interesting match up.
A big name on this under-card is exciting Filipino Denver Cuello (35-5-6, 23), who battles Boy Tanto (9-16, 1). This is a stay busy fight for Cuello who is expected to to get a world title eliminator in the fall and a possible world title bout in December, against Thailand's very own Wanheng Menayothin.
Also on the card are two Kiatkreerin prospects, Atchariya Virotesunobon (3-0, 1) and Denchana Chanadejgym (1-0). Atchariya will be up against will be up against Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (16-8-1, 8) in what is a good step up for the young unbeaten fighter
Jeollanam-do, South Korea
On a KBC sanctioned show, fans will see some international action.
In the main event fans will see Eun Hye Lee (7-0, 2) battling against Thai visitor Ploynapa Sakrungrueng (12-5-1, 1) in a contest for the WBO female Light Flyweight title. The bout is as low key of a “world” title bout that we've seen this year yet a win for Lee will further strengthen the standing of female boxing in South Korea. Interestingly this will be Ploynapa's 4th bout in Korea, where she currently has a 0-3 record with all 3 losses coming in title bouts.
This show was originally scheduled for a date back in May though Lee suffered an injury which forced it to be pushed back a month.
Also on this show will be a Korean Middleweight title bout and some form of regional title bout, though unfortunately we're unsure which title.
A second south Korean show will also be headlined by a female title bout as Ji Hyun Park (21-2, 6) defends her IFBA and WIBA titles at 102lbs against Filipino fighter Gretchen Abaniel (15-7, 6). This show, sanctioned by the KBA, is listed on boxrec as being unsanctioned and is likely to be the only bout that the records website will list though we have been assured other contests will take place on the card.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In Manila fans will see Japanese puncher Tosho Makoto Aoki (19-12-2, 16) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Lightweight title against Indonesian fighter Eddy Comaro (32-12-5, 13). It's hard to see Aoki losing here, though at 36 another loss will be the end for him.
In Australia Asian fighters “make up the numbers” in a number of bouts.
One of those bouts will see Australian based Filipino Jack Asis (33-18-5, 18) in action against Indonesian journeyman Hero Tito (9-6-1, 3). Tito, best known for his loss to Ik Yang in Macau, really shouldn't have anything to trouble Asis who has been in inspired form over the last 4 years with a 12-0-1 run. A run that we expect will continue here.
Another of the bouts will see China's Xu Chan (5-2) take on the unbeaten Kris George (7-0, 5) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Light Welterweight title. Unfortunate for Chan we really cannot give him much of a chance here.
Another Chinese fighter here is southpaw Wang Xinghua (11-11-1) who battles against Will Young (4-4, 2) in an interestingly matched 8 round affair. Young will be the favourite but neither guy is great and as a result we could get a very competitive match up here.
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It's a day of travelling Filipino fighters this Saturday with Pinoy's fighting almost every where.
The most notable bout of the day for Asian boxing fans comes from Mexico where the heavy handed Richard Claveras (12-0-1, 12) attempts to claim the biggest upset of the year so far and over-come WBC Light Flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 16). Guevara will be defending his for the first time since he claimed it last December, stopping Akira Yaegashi in Japan, and looks like he has the ability to hold it for a very long time. The unknown Claveras has looked good on the Filipino domestic scene but is leaping up massively in class for this bout and may well find himself in a bout he simply wasn't ready for. Although Claveras is, rightfully, the big under-dog it's fair to say that he will take some inspiration from last weekends win in Mexico by his compatriot Jonathan Taconing, who looked brilliant when he stopped Raul Garcia,also in Mexico.
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
In the UK we see world ranked Featherweight Dennis Tubieron (19-3-2, 8) battle against the unbeaten, and very popular, Josh Warrington (20-0, 4) in a bout for he WBC International Featherweight title. The winner here will be boosted up the rankings and whilst they won't become the mandatory for current champion Gary Russell Jr, they will put themselves in a good position to challenge for a world in the next year or two.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia there are two bouts of note, each featuring Australian based Asian fighters fighters.
In a relatively predictable bout the “professional loser” Aswin Cabuy (14-51-4, 7), of Indonesia, battles novice professional Paul Cupitt (1-0). A decade ago Cabuy was 9-2-1 (3) as a professional, since then he has gone 5-49-3 (4) and become little more than a fighter brought in to lose to prospects, something that we'll likely see here. Unfortunately Cabuy is now 0-13-1 in his last 14 and he's no longer serving much of a purpose with stoppage losses now starting to pile up alongside his decision loses.
In a much more interesting bout fans will see the rampant Jack Asis (32-18-5, 17), an Aussie based Filipino, battle against the unbeaten Kye MacKenzie (14-0, 12) for the IBO Super Featherweight title. Since 2011 Asis has really turned his career around and gone 11-0-1 (7) with a number of solid wins, he'll be hoping to claim his biggest win to date against MacKenzie. MacKenzie has won his last 10 by stoppage and looks like he could be the next star of Australian boxing however this is a small step up for the aggressive “Mr Frenzy”.
In Texas it's the turn of another Filipino fighter, as former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5), who will make his US debut, takes on the unbeaten, and very exciting, Jessie Magdaleno (20-0, 15). Apolinario comes into this bout 1-3-2 though has faced some amazing competition, including a bout with Koki Kameda for the WBA Bantamweight title, a pair of draws with former world title holder Roberto Vasquez and losses to both Hernan Marquez and Drian Francisco. On paper Magdaleno should win comfortably though a stoppage over Apolinario would be impressive and hasn't happened since 2009, when Apolinario was stopped by Marvin Tampus.
New Mexico, USA
Hard hitting American based Filipino veteran Ranee Ganoy (36-11-2, 32) continues his eventful career as he competes in his second US bout and battles against Josh Torres (13-3-2-1, 6). The Filipino is known as the “KO Kid” and will be hoping that that power helps him here against 25 year old “Pitbull” who has never been stopped. The winner of this bout will claim the WBC United States (USNBC) silver Light Welterweight title and claim local bragging, with both men now fighting out of Albuquerque.
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