The best Asian card of the day comes from Japanese promotional giant Teiken who show case some of their notable fighters and also put on an interesting under-card of well matched bouts.
In the main event former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (29-4-2, 12) takes on an interesting in the form of Filipino foe Jerry Nardo (21-7, 11). On paper it's clear that Shimoda should be favoured however Nardo is much better than his record suggests and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the supposedly chinny Shimoda in some worrying moments
In the co-feature Welterweight puncher Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22) takes on Filipino fighter Nelson Gulpe (8-5, 3). We can't see this being anything more than an easy win for Kamegai, who should be too strong, too powerful and too tough for the limited Gulpe. The Filipino, who has been in poor form here, may feel he's getting a diminished Kamegai but the Japanese fighter is unbeaten in Japan and is likely to swat aside almost everyone at Oriental level, never mind Gulpe who is some way away from Oriental class.
Arguably the best of 3 well matched under-card bouts will see Japanese ranked Musashi Suzuki (11-3, 4) battle against 2014 Rookie of the Year Kenya Yamashita (7-1, 4). This is Yamanashita's first bout since he was beaten by Jo Tanooka and we expect to see him try and make a statement against Suzuki, however the more experienced man cannot be written off here.
Another of the under-card bouts that caught our eye will see once beaten Teiken fighter Masaru Sueyoshi (9-1, 6) take on the “better than his record suggests” Roman Canto (10-7-2, 5). On paper it's easy to write off Canto though this should genuinely be a very good measure of how good Masaru is and we may well see him kick on if he can look impressive here.
The remaining under-card bout that caught our eye will see Junki Sasaki (13-3, 5) battle against Yuki Ozawa (10-4, 2). This is an excellently matched bout and although Ozawa has lost his last 4 he should ask very god questions of Sasaki. Notably Sasaki did run Ryo Takenaka very close last time out and seems like he has got a lot of promise, though hasn't yet
In Thailand fans will get the chance to see highly regarded Paipharob Kokietgym (30-0, 23) defending his WBO Oriental Light Flyweight title against Filipino journeyman Jopher Marayan (7-7-2, 3). This is one of the worst bouts we've seen headline a Thai card, especially given that Marayan has lost 5 of his last 6 bouts coming in to this one.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia fans will get the chance to see a number of Thais in action.
Many of the bouts here are low profile but three actually did, genuinely, catch our eye. In one of them former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-5-1, 26) battles the unbeaten TJ Doheny (12-0, 8) in a bout for the PABA Super Bantamweight “super” title. This will be Denkaosan's first bout since he was stopped last year by Ryo Matsumoto. The Thai will be the under-dog here but has got the experienced to perhaps make life difficult for the champion, then again at 39 Denkaosan might be too shot to put up any kind of a fight at all.
Another bout of note sees Mongkolchai Lookmuangkanch (12-4, 7) take on former world champion Vic Darchinyan (40-8-1, 29). This should be a horrible mismatch against the Thai but, at 39, Darchinyan is a bit long in the tooth and could find himself being a bout that turns out to be much more competitive than expected.
The third bout of note will see the experienced, but limited Denkamon Pakdee Gym (22-6, 13) take on the unbeaten, and much touted, Cameron Hammond (13-0, 7). This is a very tough ask for the Thai who has lost his last 2 and is unlikely to pose any threat at all to Hammond, who some are tipping as a potential Australian world champion.
In the US fans get a mouth watering b-tier match up as popular Filipino Mercito Gesta (28-1-2, 16) takes on former world title challenger Martin Honorio (32-9-1, 16). On paper Gesta will be the clear favourite but Mexican veteran Honorio is certainly no push over, despite losing his last 3. At his best Honorio was a real handful, giving Juan Carlos Salgado a close loss back in 2014, pushing Argenis Mendez razor close in 2010 and scoring upsets over the likes of John Molina and Steve Luevano. Despite Honorio's ability to play the upsetter it's difficult to see him winning this one.
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This coming Friday features some interesting action from across Asia.
Metro Manila, Philippines
The best Asian show of the day appears to come from the Philippines where fans get a trio of title bouts as well as a trio of other interesting match ups.
The main event of the show will see former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (33-6-2, 19) take on Tanzanian visitor Juma Fundi (27-12-3, 11) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. It's hard to see anything but an easy win for Concepcion who has only come up short against very good fighters over the last decade. We must admit we're unsure how Fundi has qualified for an “Oriental” title considering he's from Africa but that's the magic of the WBO we guess!
A GAB Light Flyweight title bout will see Renren Tesorio (14-6-3, 4) defending his belt against the little known Bonjun Loperez (9-3-1, 5). This will be Tesorio's first defense of the title following his majority decision win over Benezer Alolod back in March. Despite the scratchy record Tesorio is a solid fighter and we can't see him coming up short here against a man who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
The other title fight will see the once beaten Recky Dulay (8-1-0-1, 5) taking on Warren Mambuanag (7-5-2, 3) in a bout for the PBF Featherweight title. On paper it's hard to see Dulay losing here, however he has been matched light and this may not as straight forward as it looks on paper. Mambuanag has certainly been in tougher than Dulay and could be a banana skin in this one.
In none title action we have got to admit we like the look several bouts on this card. Arguably the best of those is a contest between Renerio Arizala (12-2-1, 5) and Romnick Magos (11-4, 7), in what looks like a genuinely well matched bout between two men wanting a really good domestic level win.
A similarly well matched bout will see the once touted Rogelio Jun Doliguez (19-3-2, 14) taking on Jerry Nardo (21-6, 11) in what really could be a show stealing bout. Doliguez comes in to the bout on 3 losses in his last 4 though is a man who did show a lot of promise early in his career. Nardo on the other hand is a fighter who has won some-lost some in recent times, though has rarely been stopped and could well stand up to Nardo's power and give it back.
The remaining bout of interest is an 8 rounder between a promising pair of fighters. In one corner is the once beaten Philip Luis Cuerdo (7-1-1, 4) whilst in the other is the unbeaten Toto Landero (5-0-1, 2). Both of these guys at 19 and both will be putting it on the line. Interestingly these two fought in May, fighting to an 8 round draw, and we'd not be shocked to see them in another very competitive contest here.
In Japan we have the next round of the East Rookie of the Year tournament. In total this card will feature 12 bouts, all 4 rounders, between Minimumweight and Light Middleweight.
On paper the pick of the bouts is a Super Bantamweight contest between Yasuaki Miura (3-0, 1) and Ryuya Kaji (3-1, 2). The 19 year old Kaji appears to be a solid puncher, though was beaten by the more experienced Yuki Matsudo in his most recent bout, back in July 2014. The 21 year old Miura has been more active, with all 3 of his bouts coming in the last 12 months, though this is, by far, the toughest test he'll have faced.
A very even looking bout is set to take place at Featherweight as Shogo Sakai (4-2-1, 3) takes on Kei Iwahara (4-2, 2). We won't pretend this is a mouth watering match up but it is well matched and could prove to be the show stealing contest on the card
This coming Friday isn't packed with action but there are some notable names in action.
Negros Occidental, Philippines
In the Philippines fans get a relatively good looking show with several notable fighters in action.
The main event, a WBC Youth Super Featherweight title fight, will see Argie Toquero (8-3-1, 6) defending his belt against unbeaten puncher Ardie Boyose (15-0-1, 11). On paper this is a really tricky defense for Toquero however the bout is also a step up for Boyose who has been matched softly so far.
Arguably the most interesting bout, on paper, will see Jerry Nardo (20-6, 11) battle against Jason Egera (21-13, 10). This bouts pits two flawed fighters against each other and could end up being a very interesting match up, even if it's not likely to a really highly skilled affair.
The biggest name fighter here is former WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-2-1, 12) who fights for the first time since his shock loss to Faris Nenggo last November. Sabillo, who has gone 0-2-1 in his last 3 bouts, will be expected to pick up a straight forward win here against Powell Balaba (8-13-1, 5) though it really is a must win for Sabillo who has been stopped in his last 2 bouts.
Pathum Thani, Thailand
In Thailand fans will be getting a televised show featuring several notable names.
The most notable is Terdsak Kokietgym (56-5-1, 36) who looks to continue his long career as he battles once beaten Filipino Roldan Aldea (9-1-1, 3). Up for grabs here will be the WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title with Terdsak looking to earn himself one more shot at a world title. Unfortunately for the 33 year old Thai he is getting on and it would appear like that his last shot at the top level was his September 2014 FOTY contender with Orlando Salido.
In one of the supporting bouts we'll see the unbeaten Petchmanee Kokietgym (7-0, 2) take on Indonesian visitor Rofiq Aditaya (2-1-1, 2). Aditaya will be fighting in Thailand for the second time, and this one comes less than a month after his defeat to Jirapan Nakorluang, a 3rd round KO.
The second supporting bout of note will see former world title challenger Pigmy Kokietgym (56-7-2, 22) battle against Indonesian foe Ardi Tefa (6-4, 4). Tefa comes in to this bout 0-4 outside of his homeland and it's very hard to see him changing that against someone with Pigmy's experience.
In Germany we'll get the chance to see two Asian fighters in action.
One of those is Kazakh Cruiserweight hopeful Isa Akerbayev (15-0-0-1, 11) take on Brazilian puncher Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-4, 24). This should be a straight forward win for Akerbayev, however given the fact Dos Santos can punch we may see the Kazakh take his time and fight cautiously against the 37 year old South American.
The other fighter in action here is Filipino tough guy Rey Labao (27-6, 18) who takes on once German Rico Mueller (18-1-1, 13). This is Labao's third successive bout on the road and although he'll be the under-dog he is very live, as seen last time out when he shocked former OPBF champion Masao Nakamura. The one big problem for Labao here will be the weight with the bout having been made at Welterweight rather than his more natural Lightweight or even Light Welterweight.