Pathum Thani, Thailand
In Thailand fans get televised action on channel 3.
Sadly the main event is a complete mismatch as WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Nawaphon Por Chokchai (25-0, 18) defends his belt against the horrible over-matched Powell Balaba (8-12-1, 5). Balaba may have impressed fans who saw his last bout, in which he pushed Rommel Asenjo very close in an 8 rounder, but we think Nawaphon is going to be too big and too strong here for the Filipino Light Flyweight. This is a mismatch however it's also a stay busy fight for Nawaphon who is hoping to get a WBC Flyweight title eliminator later in the year.
Nawaphon isn't the only notable fighter on this card and his older brother Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (39-6-1, 18) will also be in action as he looked for his second win of the year. From what we understand Suriyan will be up against the very limited Domi Nenokeba (11-22-1, 7) in what is again a stay busy fight for the Thai, who is also seeking a world title eliminator later in the year.
A third fighter of interest on this card is the promising Jirapan Nakornluang (2-0, 2),though we're unsure who he will be fighting. We were really impressed by Jirapan on his debut and would suggest keeping a tab on him for the future, though his development might end up being a slow one.
For the second successive day this week we get the chance to see action from the Korakuen Hall as we the latest in the Dangan series of shows. This particular show is a B Class tournament show and will feature 11 bouts in total with 10 of them being scheduled for 5 rounds.
Rather then going through all the bouts we'll just pick a few that have caught our eye.
A relatively even looking even looking Middleweight bout will see the stop-or-be stopped Wataru Seino (4-2 4) battle against Koji Kase (4-4, 2) in an interesting, though relatively insignificant contest early on the card.
Possibly the best prospect on the card is the unbeaten Kenya Noguchi (2-0, 1) who is a product of the Celes gym and appears to be one of the gyms most promising talents. The 19 year old Southpaw will be facing Thailand's Signoi Singmanasak (1-1) in what looks interesting on paper but is likely to be a dominant victory for Noguchi who we rate very highly.
A very good looking Flyweight bout will see Tasuhiro Tanaka (4-1-2) fight against the interesting Kensuke Sasaki (2-1, 2). Sasaki appears to be selected as a very promising youngster and lost a close decision to the much more experienced Kenta Okumura on his debut, since then he has scored back to back stoppages and will be hoping to continue that run. Tanaka's only loss came 2 fights back when he was stopped by the then unbeaten Koya Sato in 5 rounds, notably that is Sato's only stoppage win.
At Featherweight Takehiro Shinohara (5-4-2, 5) will battle fellow puncher Atsushi Kudo (3-3-2, 3). Both men have losses and draws but all wins for both men have come inside the distance and there is a good chance both will go out looking for a stoppage here.
On paper the best match up is another Featherweight bout which will see Daisuke Watanabe (1-0, 1) battle against Ryuto Araya (7-2-1, 1) in what is a brilliant bit of match making. Watanabe's camp know they have a talent on their hands and a win here will shoot him towards a national ranking and put him on the fast track whilst a loss, this early in his career, is little more than a temporary set back.
Technically the main event will be a Welterweight bout which will see Makoto Kawasaki (5-2-1, 1) battle against Mamoru Takeuchi (5-5-2). With just a single stoppage win between them from 20 bouts this looks like a distance affair but could still turn out to be enjoyable even if it doesn't look like a really exciting highlight to the show.
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