In Bangkok we get a world title eliminator, as Thai veteran Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1, 27) takes on Australian based Irishman TJ Doheny (17-0, 13) in an IBF Super Bantamweight title eliminator. Originally Doheny had been scheduled to take on former world champion Evgeny Gradovich, though Gradovich pulled out and we'll instead see Doheny face Tawatchai. The bout will be Doheny's first in Asia, though if he wins he would likely need to return to face IBF champion Ryosuke Iwasa. For Tawatchai this unexpected eliminator is rather undeserved, especially given recent losses to Tomoki Kameda and Yukinori Oguni, but he will know that a win does open the door to another big fight. Interesting if Tawatchai wins he'll likely be looking to fight Iwasa anywhere but Japan, as he has an unflattering 1-10 record in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In the Philippines we'll get the chance to see road warrior Ricky Sismundo (32-10-3, 14) on Jason Redondo (11-5-2, 7). The under-rated Sismundo has been fighting in Japan, Canada and the US in recent years and other than his last bout, against Boyce Sultan in August, he hasn't fought in the Philippines since 2014. This is a nice chance for locals to get behind one of their most over-looked fighters and hopefully he will get another big opportunity, despite having proven himself to be a nightmare against the likes Jose Felix Jr, Dierry Jean and Ghislain Maduma.