District of Columbia, USA
For a second successive week we get world title action in a mid-week bout as Filipino puncher Mavin Mabait (19-2-2, 13) gets a huge, and unexpected, opportunity against WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0-1, 24). Going into this bout Cuadras will be defending his belt for the second time since defeating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the title back in May with a technical decision. Sadly for Mabait however nothing has quite gone his way this year having been stopped by Alejandro Hernandez earlier in the year and, having only got this fight on 2-weeks notice, the Filipino is being given little chance against the Mexican champion. It's worth noting that until last week we all suspect that it would Sonny Boy Jaro battling against Cuadras and not Mabait and it's going to a bit question as to whether or not Mabait is ready for a fighter as good as Cuadras
On a second US show fans will get the chance to see Chinese Heavyweight giant Taishan Dong (1-0, 1) return to action as he battles against the win-less Michael Lane (0-3). Dong, who looked a very imposing figure on his debut earlier this year, will be hoping to add Lane's name to that of Alex Rozman who he stopped in 2 rounds. Lane has never been stopped but has also been inactive in recent years with just one fight in the last 36 months. This should be easy for Dong in all honesty though we do wonder how far he really can go, even with his formidable size he will need to develop his skills to become any sort of a contender.
In Japan we get the next Dangan show, Dangan 115. The card will feature a total of 12 bouts, all of which will be 4 rounders and feature novices with 4 all debutant contests. The names, as with many of these 4 round shows, isn't really important as the key is the action which comes thick and fast with one fight start almost as soon as the previous bout ended. These are great for fans even if the fighters don't seem to get much attention
In Sanaa we see our favourite Yemeni fighter in action as the charismatic Hani Ansi (7-0-1, 6) battles against the once beaten Muhamad Fikri (3-1, 1). If you've not seen Ansi in action you've missed out on someone who seems to channel the spirit of Emmanuel Augustus and fights in a very peculiar yet interesting manner. We've got to admit however we don't know much about Fikri who may end up being a good test for Ansi here.
(Poster courtesy of notifight.com)
A crazy week in Asian boxing starts to wind down slightly on Friday with very little action actually in Asia though plenty of Asian's fighting in international bouts around the globe.
The main Asia card of the day is in China where we get a real mixed bag of fights from Flyweight all the way up to Heavyweight.
For many the headline bout here features Japanese based Ugandan Okello Peter (21-7, 19) taking on Russian giant Evgeny Orlov (14-12-1, 10) in a bout for the vacant WBC Asia Council Continental Heavyweight title. Although Peter is a ring veteran and a former world title challenger he is almost 42 and although he still has power he is slow, clumsy and can be out manoeuvred, it just a question of whether or not Orlov can manage to do it.
A second title bout on this show is set to feature China's very own Qiu Xiao Jun (11-2, 4) fighting against Filipino Jonathan Baat (25-4-3, 12) in a battle over Jun's WBC Asia Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. Jun, who defended his belt in February against Australia's Jason Cooper, has recently broken in to the WBC top #15 and will know that a loss here would be a big set back, morethan anything however a victory would see him getting revenge over the only man to have beaten him. Great fight and a fantastic way to end a trilogy.
As well as the two title bouts this show is expected to feature a further 3 bouts at a lower level.
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Whilst the biggest Asian card is in China the biggest bout involving an Asian is in Mexico as Filipino Marvin Mabait (19-1-2, 13) returns to Mexico for his second successive fight. Mabait won the WBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight title back in October in Mexico and will be looking to make the first defense of the title as he battles the experienced and tough Alejandro Hernandez (26-10-2, 14). Hernandez will be trying to avenge the loss of Johnny Garcia, who was stopped in just 36 seconds in Mabait's Mexican debut.
Another genuinely notable Filipino is in action in Australia on a card decorated by Asian fighters. This time it's the turn of the very highly regarded Randy Petalcorin (20-1-1, 15) who is ranked #2 by the WBA at 108lbs. The Light Flyweight contender hasn't had his opponent listed on boxrec.com though we've been told it will be Lookrak Kiatmungmee (7-6, 4) who challenged the then WBC Minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong to a world title fight late last year.
As well as Petalcorin this card will also feature the very promising Harmonito Dela Torre (12-0, 7) who will be battling Indonesian Andy Letding (7-3-3, 3) in what looks likely to be a great test for the unbeaten Filipino. (It's this show that we've included the poster for, above)
New South Wales, Australia
A second Australian card with an Asian interest takes place in New South Wales with the main event featuring Joebert Delos Reyes (11-4-1, 8) will be attempting to claim the IBO Youth Lightweight title as he takes on the unbeaten Valentine Borg (6-0, 4). It's a huge ask for the Filipino but with such a big opportunity we're expecting hi to give it his all.
This card, like the other Australian card, features numerous other fighters from Asia, including China's Zhang Yong (2-4, 1) who will be fighting Filipino veteran Aswin Cabuy (14-46-3, 7) in one of the shows lesser bouts.
(Please note: We have been advised that there is a Thai show on Channel 7 but absolutely no details have been released about it)
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