This coming Wednesday sees action in both Japan and China as Asian fight fans get a couple of low key cards.
The more notable of the two shows is at the Korakuen Hall, where we get a Japanese Youth title fight and an interest chief support bout, on what is likely to be an entertaining but over-looked show.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Youth Featherweight champion Kazuma Sanpei (13-4, 4) defending his title against the heavy handed Ryuki Ishii (6-2, 4). We saw Sanpei win the title back in August, when he narrowly defeated Ryusei Ishii, and that was only his second win in 4 bouts as his career has really struggled, despite the fact he was the 2013 Rookie of the Year and was touted for big things. Ishii has been stopped twice, once on debut and once in the 2016 Rookie of the Year final against the brilliant Shawn Oda. This is a really interesting bout, between two flawed but well matched fighters.
A second bout of note takes places at 154lbs and sees recent Japanese title challenger Riku Nagahama (7-1-1, 3) take on Filipino veteran Mark Sales (22-42-4, 8). This should be little more than a confidence builder for Nagahama, who came off second best in August when he challenger Takeshi Inoue and was stopped in 8 by the talented Inoue.
The other show takes place in Shenzhen and is another low key card, featuring a pair of title fights.
One of those bouts will see Kun Wang (9-3, 3) take on Qi Xiu Zhang (6-2-1, 1) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. Wang is the better known of the two, and although he was blasted out early in his career he has shown solid toughness in going 8 rounds with Xiangxiang Sun earlier this year. As for Zhang he's now on a 6 fight unbeaten run and will feel full of confidence here.
The other bout will see the faltering Zhimin Wang (8-2, 3) take on Aketelieke Jieensi (6-2-3, 2) for the WBO China Zone Lightweight title. Wang turned professional with a lot expected of him, but 2 losses in his last 3 have left him in need of a strong run and he will know that he really needs a win here if he's to keep his career alive. As for Jieensi he's unbeaten in 5, but has struggled and looks to have been very fortunate during that run, with a loss expected here.
The action keeps coming through April and on April 11th Chinese fans get some action, with one of their Heavyweight hopefuls getting a genuine test.
That Heavyweight hopeful is KO artist Zhang Junlong (12-0, 12)* who faces tough Brazilian test George Arias (56-15, 42). On paper it's a mismatch, and Junlong should be favoured, but the bout has more to it than that. Arias is limited but has not been stopped since a 5th round TKO defeat to Juan Carlos Gomez, and has taken numerous contenders the distance since then. If Junlong can stop him it would be a genuine testament to his power. The winner of this bout may well end up with a WBA ranking as the bout is being fought for the WBA Oceania Heavyweight title
On the under-card China's once beaten Kun Wang (4-1, 1) will face the experienced Rodel Wenceslao (10-11-1, 3). Wang had a great 2015, scoring wins over Romeo Jakosalem and Cristian Abila, and will be hoping that a win over Wenceslao will push him towards bigger and better fights before the year is over. As for those who recognise Wencelsao's name, he was a stay busy opponent for Keita Obara back in 2014.
As well as the two Chinese hopefuls this card will also feature a trio of Indian's fighters.