This coming Sunday is a busy in Asian boxing with bouts in Japan and Korea.
One of the two Japanese shows comes from Hyogo where Senrima Kobe put on a show.
In the main event we see former world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (22-1-1, 5) battle against Thai visitor Rungniran Korat Sport School (0-9) in what looks to me a huge mismatch. Although this is little more than a tune up for the Japanese fighter it does need to be noted that he got a gift last time out, when he "beat" Cyborg Nawatedani by split decision, in one of the worst decisions we've seen in Japan this year. A Kinoshita/Nawatedani rematch would have been the right thing to do here, but we understand why Kinoshita didn't take that option.
A couple of the supporting bouts feature Japanese ranked fighters. One of those is the experienced Kento Matsushita (33-9-7, 13) who is up against Tom Yankun Tsukamoto (6-5-1, 2). The 34 year old Matsushita has fought numerous times for a Japanese title but has failed to win the big one, he'll now know that a loss will completely end his dreams of ever winning a national title. Tsukamoto shouldn't pose a threat to Matsushita, but may give him a good solid work out for 8 rounds.
The other Japanese ranked fighter is Yusuke Nakagawa (8-4-1, 4) who risks his ranking against Yasuyuki Otagaki (5-4-3, 1). Coming into this one Otagaki has lost his last 3, but they included a razor thin loss to Shota Hayashi, and he has never been stopped. Nakagawa has lost 2 of his last 6, and has been stopped 4 times, so Otagaki may have a chance at scoring the most notable victory of his career.
A second Japanese show comes from Yamaguchi and sees a number of intriguing match ups, in fact on paper it's a much better show than the other one.
The main event of the card will see JBC and OPBF ranked Lightweight Accel Sumiyoshi (5-4-1, 1) battle against Tatsuya Yanagi (11-3, 4). On paper it looks like Yanagi should be favoured however Sumiyoshi's record is a mess due to the high level that he's been fighting at, losing bouts to the likes of Masayoshi Nakatani, Kota Toklunaga and Yuhei Suzuki. As for Yanagi his wins have generally come against a lower level of opposition, though he did win the 2012 Rookie of the year. Interestingly Yanagi has lost 3 of his last 4 bouts and isn't a natural Lightweight, giving Sumiyoshi perhaps the edge in “form” and in natural size.
Another very good looking Lightweight bout will see Burning Ishii (6-2-1, 2) face off against Japanese based Filipino Johnriel Maligro (12-1, 9). Ishii, again with the less than stellar record, has mixed with good company and did score a notable win last time out over the experienced Edgar Gabejan, though has been out of the ring for almost a year. Maligro on the other hand lost last time out, suffering a shock stoppage to Ribo Takahata, though had beaten two then unbeaten Japanese prospects in previous bouts, including the aforementioned Yanagi. This one really could be very good.
Daegu, South Korea
In a KBA bout fans will get the chance to see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi (10-0-1, 3) fight in a stay busy fight against Kaenpetch Superchamps (6-9-1). The bout is a rematch following Choi's 8th round win over Kaenpetch in May 2014, is a stay busy contest for the champion who has been inactive since dominating Chika Mizutani back in May.
On the same card we;re expecting to see another rematch as Iranian fighter Mohamadreza Hamze (7-6-1, 2) faces off against Ki Hong Min (5-0, 2) for the second time. Earlier this year Min won a very competitive bout with Hamze, who will be looking for revenge this time out.
For those interested in watching this one the action will be on KBS N Sports + from 18:00 local time
Daegu, South Korea
In another KBA show fans will get the chance to see former world title challenger Dan Bi Kim (11-3-1, 4)* battle against Thai visitor Nonggift Onesongchaigym (7-4-2, 1) in a bout for the WBF Inter-Continental female Light Flyweight title. The rough and tumble Kim is a handful for most and we suspect that will help her claim a win against the Thai, who we don't think will be able to handle the aggression of the Korean.
This show will be televised on MBC Sports + from 14:00 local time.
*Record misses multiple fighs
If there's been a date marked down in every boxing fan's calendar this year it's been May 2nd. Whilst we may not have had “The Fight” signed until several months into the year it always seemed like a date set to have a big fight. Thankfully for everyone in boxing it's “The Fight” and not just “A fight”.
Of course the bout in question needs no real introduction just 2-words “Mayweather” and “Pacquiao”. That's right, they finally get on and at a long last we get to see the mega-popular Filipino Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38) battle against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26) in a bout that many are regarding as the “Fight of the Century”. The contest will be the richest fight in history, it will see the WBA/WBC and WBO Welterweight titles all being unified and it will almost certainly see the sporting world come to a halt. There is nothing that needs saying about this one other than “it's really happening”.
We'll admit it should have happened years ago, but better late than never, right?
Prior to the big one fans in Tokyo get some interesting,action of heir own at the Korakuen Hall.
The first of the interesting bouts here will see the fast rising Japanese based Filipino Johnreil Maligro (12-0, 9) battle against Ribo Takahata (10-5-1, 2). On paper this looks like a mismatch but Takahata has mixed with some solid opposition, such as Rikki Naito and Shingo Eto , and he certainly has the ability to test good prospects. Whilst Takahata could be a good test we have to say we were very impressed with Maligro last year who scored a trio of good wins, including an 88 second blow out win over Kazuma Sanpei.
The chief support bout will see Hayato Kimura (22-7, 15) face off against Filipino slugger Jomar Fajardo (14-6-2, 7). Originally Kimura was set to fight Takuya Kogawa though it appears that Kogawa has pulled out ahead of a proposed Japanese Flyweight title fight. Despite the change of opponent this should still be a really good bout with Fajardo proving his ability with his two bouts against Francisco Rodriguez Jr, the first of which saw him scoring a draw with the talented Mexican. This could well end in an upset.
In the main event fans will see the exciting Shinya Iwabuchi (24-5, 20) take on the well matched Ryusei Yoshida (26-6, 13) in a potential war. We like Iwabuchi a lot, despite his faults, and we expect him to be able to draw Yoshida into his fight, if he manages that then this will almost certainly catch fire and become a very fun bout for the fans in attendance. We do however need to admit that Iwabuchi didn't look great last time out.
Just 2 days we get a Japanese title fight at 130lbs we get an OPBF title bout down at 126lbs as the pace gets going towards an excellent last half of the month.
Often domestic shows are poor and fail to get the attention of fans at large. This coming Wednesday however we get a great show courtesy of Kyoei who are putting on a packed domestic card with several bouts of note ranging from an OPBF title fight at the top of the card to a female comeback bout as one fighter looks to get her career back on track after a major setback.
The aforementioned OPBF title bout will see OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa (27-4-2, 18) returning to the ring for his 3rd defense of the title. Amagasa, a very fun to watch and rangy fighter, will be backed strongly to over-come challenger Ryo Takenaka (11-2-1, 6) who has yet to prove himself anywhere near this sort of level. We like Amagasa though it's clear he's a clear level below the true world class guys, despite that here is several levels above Takenaka.
The chief support bout looks to be a stunning match up which looks incredibly equal on paper. This will see Kazuma Sanpei (11-0, 4) battle against Japanese based Filipino Johnreil Maligro (11-0, 8). On paper Maligro has the edge in terms of though in all honesty there is little to split these two who aren't just unbeaten fighters but are also both southpaws and both are very young and very promising. A fantastic fight on paper and a second successive good test for both men who similarly matched tough last time out as well.
The female bout will see the once beaten Tomomi Takano (5-1, 4) fighting against a Thai foe as she attempts to put a stoppage loss to Kai Johnson behind her. Takano, who is better known for her looks and various attire weigh in attire than her boxing skills, knows that she needs a win here to remain relevant and we suspect her Thai opponent won't be up to much.
Another bout on this card will see former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-11-3, 18) battle against novice Kenta Toi (3-4). Seto has won just 1 of his last 4 bouts and really needs a win, he should get it against Toi though it's far from a sure thing given Seto's current form.
One of the other bouts on the show will see former OPBF and Japanese title challenger Toyoto Shiraishi (24-8-1, 11) battle against the fun to watch but limited and light hitting Mako Matsuyama (7-8-1, 3), a man best known for all-action war with Rex Tso. Matsuyama is a warrior and is tougher than his record indicates however Shiraishi will have to be favoured here.
The final bout of note here will see Kazuaki Moriya (11-5, 1) battle against Ryo Narizuka (6-4) in a really important bout for both men. Moriya has lost his last 2 bouts and desperately needs a win here whilst Narizuka is 3-3 in his last 6 and may see his career vanishing if he cannot score a win here. It's a low level bout but a significant one all the same.
The most significant bout of the day comes from Thailand where former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (80-2, 52) battles against Filipino slugger Dan Nazareno Jr (20-11, 16) in a genuinely interesting looking bout for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. Singwancha, who is unbeaten in 11 years and 37 fights, is now 37 and it's been almost 17 years since his only stoppage loss. If Nazareno has trainer properly there is every chance he could stop Singwancha, who was only stopped by Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in a thriller. Nazareno however does seem to have problems with consistency and if he's not on form he'll suffer another decision loss as he did to Chalermpol Singwancha back in April.
Talking about Chalermpol Singwancha (10-0, 8) it's worth noting that he's also in action as he takes on a French visitor that we believe is called Kevin Solimani, though we can't find his record on boxrec so he may be a debutant or a fighter from another combat sport.
third bout on this card is second a rematch between Pakorn Mor Poowana (3-1-1, 3) and Jen Yu Jia (1-8-2). The two men fought to a 6 round draw back in September following an opening round win for the Thai back in December 2012. It's assumed that if the Thai comes out unscathed he will be fighting Adones Cabaquinto in the Philippines in November.
This Thai card will be aired on Channel 11.
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