The biggest card this coming Saturday is from Tokyo, and is the latest Dynamic Glove card set to be shown on tape delay. The card features a nice mixture of title fights and novices in what could be one a card of real interest.
The main event of the show is a rematch between Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) and Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6). These two fought earlier in the year, battling to a draw in a brilliant bout where the heavy handed Takesako had to dig deep to earn a draw against a determined and smart challenger. Kato will probably have felt like he let the win slip between his fingers in their first bout whilst Takesako may have over-looked his man and we should be assured another cracking bout here between men who are very well matched but have very contrasting styles. A full preview of this bout is available here Takesako and Kato go again for Japanese Middleweight crown!
The chief support bout sees former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-1-1, 7) back in the ring following his loss to Jaime Munguia in January. The tough and exciting Inoue proved he could go to war against Munguia and will be expected to easily over-come Thai visitor Patomsuk Pathompothong (38-10-1 24) on a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. Inoue actually held this title back in late 2017 and will be looking to become a 2-time champion. On the other hand the 35 year old Thai has been stopped in his last 2 bouts in Japan, both at 140lbs, and it's hard to see him putting up any sort of a fight against the rough and ready Japanese warrior. We've previewed this bout here Inoue returns to Japan to battle for regional title!
An interesting support bout will see the once beaten Kenshin Oshima (5-1-1, 3) take on Filipino Wilbert Berondo (14-3-2, 6). Oshima didn't look great last time out, taking a win over youngster Ikuro Sadatsune in a very good bout in January, and will be hoping to shine here against Berondo. The Filipino on the other hand will be returning to Japan for the first time since he was stopped by Hinata Maruta back in 2016 in a WBC Youth title fight.
Another promising youngster on this card is the hard hitting Takuma Takahashi (3-0, 3), who battles against Sitthidet Banti (11-4, 5). With just 5 rounds to his name Takahashi is still very much a professional novice, but it's clear he can bang, even if his technique needs some work before he starts to hunt titles. Takahashi was a successful amateur but still needs to polish his style in the next year or two and this should be a good chance for him to do some polishing against a tough Thai foe. Banti, also known as Denchana Sakkreerin, is no world beater but he's yet to be stopped and comes in to this bout on the back of 2 wins, including a victory over Saddam Kietyongyuth. Our "Introducing" feature on Takahashi from earlier in the year can be read here Introducing... Takuma Takahashi
Also on this card will be the debut of Celes Kobayashi's latest signing Issei Ochiai (0-0). The talented youngster will be debuting against Thai foe Lerdchai Chaiyawed (1-2), who holds a notable 2018 win over Wittawas Basapean though was beaten last time out, in Japan, by Seita Ogido. There are big hopes for Ochiai and we expect to see whether those hopes are well founded or not here. Our "Introducing" feature on Ochiai can be read here Introducing... Issei Ochiai
Metro Manila, Philippines
The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City is set to host a title double header which features some really interesting match ups, mixing domestic talent with some international talent.
The best of the all-Filipino fights on this card will see Allan Vallespin (12-4, 9) take on Glenn Enterina (14-5-1, 9) in an excellent match up for the GAB Super Featherweight title. The under-rated Vallespin is coming in to this on the back of just 1 win in his last 3, though he has been matched hard against the likes of Denys Brinchyk, Musashi Mori and Yoshimitsu Kimura, but is 12-0 in his homeland. Similarly Enterina has suffered all of his losses on the road, and is 14-1-1 (9) at home, showing just how good he is on the domestic scene. Given how these men have fared on the Filipino scene this should be a very competitive contest.
The second title fight will see Filipino puncher Alvin Medura (8-4, 7) take on Japanese visitor Mugicha Nakagawa (24-6-2, 14) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. Medura has suffered his last 3 loses to Japanese foes, all on the road, but will feel confident that his power, which has netted him 5 wins int he first 2 rounds, will play a major factor against Nakagawa. Nakagawa on the other hand will be trying to put a few bad months behind him. He lost in a Japanese title fight back in January, to Ryoichi Tamura, and then fought to a draw last time out with Jin Miura. At his best Nakagawa is a tough, hard working fighter, but we do question his confidence coming into this one. If Nakagawa is half the fighter he was 12 months ago he takes a clear win here.
One other Filipino Vs Japan bout will see Crison Omayao (24-19-5, 8) face Daisuke Sugita (4-1, 3), in what looks like an abhorrent mis-match. The 26 year old Omayao has fought much of his career as a Minimumweight, and was actually the debut of opponent of Naoya Inoue back in 2012, so we really need to query why he's fighting at Super Bantamweight here against the technically limited but hard hitting Daisuke Sugita. For Sugita this looks like a really straight forward way to get back to winning ways following a very clear loss back in January to Reiya Abe. We'd be very shocked if this one went more than a few rounds and didn't end up with Omayao suffering his 10th stoppage loss
Metro Manila, Philippines
A second card from the Philippines is a much smaller one, but will feature two more title bouts.
One of those title bouts will feature the limited but hard hitting Prabhjot Singh (7-4-1, 7) taking on Edsil Jungco (3-12-7), with the two fighters battling for the PBF Middleweight title. Singh has lost his last 4, dating back over 2 years, and it's really hard to know what he has left to offer. Jungco on the other hand, the expect of the draw with 7 of them from 22 bouts, has notched 2 wins in his last 4 and will have some confidence coming into this bout after 1 win in his first 18.
The other title bout on this card is between Alie Laurel (15-4-1,10) and Lloyd Jardeliza (8-9-4, 6), who battle for the LuzProBA Featherweight title. The 27 year old Laurel is very much an under-rated fighter, but sadly had his career put on ice for almost 3 years following a draw with Joe Noynay in 2016, a draw that now looks incredibly good. This will be his second bout since that bout with Noynay. JArdeliza on the other hand is best known for being stopped in 5 rounds by Shun Kubo in an OPBF title bout, back in 2015, and since then he has struggled to make any impact in the sport, going 1-6-1 since then. Jardeliza needs a win here, but is very unlikely to get it against the talented Laurel.
Once beaten former world title challenger Jessebelle Pagaduan (11-1-1, 5) will be seeking her 5th straight win as she takes on limited domestic foe Charimae Salvador (4-2, 1). The talented Pagaduan has suffered both of her career set backs in Japan in world title bouts but will be looking to secure a third world title bout in the coming years. Interesting both of Salvador's set backs have also come in Japan but at a much lower level, including a loss to novice teenager Eruka Hiromoto last November. There's a gulf in class between these two, and it's hard to imagine anything but a clear win for Pagaduan.
Staying in Asia there will also be a card that will be headlined by Campee Phayom (16-4-1, 10) taking on China's Lunjun Zhao (6-1) in a contest for a WBO Youth title at Super Featherweight. This is the least significant of the Asian cards for the day, but is still a chance to see two youngsters in action for a minor title.
As well as all the action in Asia we'll also see Japanese veteran Hirotsugu Yamamoto (20-14-3, 4) make his US debut, as he takes on the unbeaten Michael Norato (7-0, 2). The Japanese fighter, who will be fighting in his 38th pro bout, will be fighting for the first time in a little over 2 years, with his last bout being a TKO2 loss Kenichi Ogawa. Although now aged 35 Yamamoto is looking to continue his career Stateside, though will be a big under-dog against the 26 year old Norato. The unbeaten American is technically set for his toughest fight, but this merely looks like a natural step up for him, and Norato should pick up a straight forward win.
Asign boxing get their second stand out show of the month this coming Monday as we get Asign Bee Vol 2, and just like the first show on March 10th, the show is really good one.
The main event of the card sees the sensationally talented Naoko Fujioka (15-2, 6) hunt a 4th divisional title as she takes on Mexican Isabel Millan (18-2-1, 8) in a bout for the WBA female Flyweight title. Originally Fujioka had been down for facing Louisa Hawton for the WBO female Light Flyweight title, but that bout was scrapped about 5 weeks before the contest and as a result the promoter got Millan to travel to Japan for this equally as interesting Flyweight bout. A win for Fujioka would see her becoming the first Japanese fighter to become a 4-weight world champion, whilst a win for Millan would massively boost her career.
In a major supporting bout we'll see the world ranked Akihiro Kondo (27-6-1, 14) take on Thai visitor Patomsuk Pathompothong (33-6-1-1, 20) in a rematch of a contest the two men had back in 2015. On paper this should be a repeat win for Kondo, who looks to be having a solid run at the moment, but Patomsuk did look good last time out, losing a controversial decision to Kuok Kun Ng.
A second notable female bout here sees the unbeaten Jun Yabuki (6-0, 3) take on the in form Shione Ogata (7-5, 2). Although the bout looks like a mismatch on paper Ogata has won her last 6 in a row and has certainly turned her career around since a 1-5 start and she will be hungry to keep that run going here.
In another supporting bout we'll see Takafumi Nakajima (26-9-1, 11) take on Jump Ikeo (6-4-2, 4) in what looks like a straight forward win for experienced man. Nakajima will be looking to secure his second straight win since being blown out in 88 seconds last September, by a rampant Kosuke Saka and although a bit of a faded fighter now a days Nakajima is still solid. Ikeo has lost 3 of his last 5 and shouldn't prove much of a test here.
Another notable name on this card is the struggling Hikaru Marugame (6-2-1, 4). Marugame turned professional with high expectations and a strong amateur background but has gone 1-2-1 in his last 4 and cannot afford another slip up here. In the opposite corner to the Japanese fighter will be Filipino visitor John Ray Logatiman (5-4-2, 1), who looks to build on a career best win over Brian Lobetania here. This could be a real gut check for Marugame, who's career may be written off with another loss.
Action returns to Thailand this coming Friday for a card set to be streamed online via Thairath. The card, the latest from Kiatkreerin, looks to be a relatively predictable one, but does feature some fighters of note from the Kiatkreerin stable, and may well be followed with announcements of other bigger bouts later in the year.
The most notable fighter on the card is former 2-time Olympic medal winner Manus Boonjumnong (4-0, 2), though unfortunately we're unsure who he will be up against. We are expecting to see Manus out again in a few weeks so we're not expecting to see him face anyone too tough here, but it's clear that his team are keeping him busy and trying to get him into 100% fighting shape, a stark contrast to the way he looked on his debut.
Whilst Manus is the biggest name on the card he isn't in the main event. That bout will instead see Patomsuk Pathompothong (31-4-1, 19) battle against Indonesian Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (18-10-1, 8) for a regional IBF title. This should be an easy win for Patomsuk, best known for losing last year to Ik Yang, however the 32 year old hasn't really got too much time to waste with bouts like this if he really wants to make a mark on the sport. Hopefully a fight against another top Asian will come later in the year, with fighters like Al Rivera, Shionya Iwabuchi or Hiroki Okada all making for attractive match ups.
A third bout on this card will see Ratchasi Sithsaithong (4-2, 3) battle against Khompetch Sithsaithong (5-7, 5). This will be Ratchasi's first bout since he was stopped by the under-rated Hikaru Nishida last November whilst Khompetch has lost his last 4, including losses to Keita Obara and Cobra Suwa.
This coming Monday isn't a busy day in Asian boxing but there is some interesting action in Japan.
Although this past weekend had less than inspiring action we are looking forward to the start of a new week with several good looking bouts all set to take place on a show at the Korakuen Hall.
The most notable of the bouts sees former Japanese Lightweight champion Akihiro Kondo (21-6-1, 10) battle against experienced Thai Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-3-1, 19) in a very attractive looking 8 rounder. The 30 year old Kondo took more than a year out of the ring back in 2013-2014 though will now be fighting for the 6th time in just 53 busy weeks. As for the 31 year old Thai he'll be seeking one of his biggest wins to date as he looks to put his 6th round TKO loss to Ik Yang well behind him. We're expecting this to be really exciting.
In a a really intriguing supporting bout we'll see the touted Hikaru Marugame (4-0, 2) battle against Thailand's Non Sithsaithong (12-8, 8). Marugame was forced to work hard to win his last bout, a decision win over Wataru Miyasaka, and will be looking to show improvements from that bout. As for Non, he's not the most talented but he may hit hard enough to trouble Marugame who is still ust a prospect.
The third bout of note sees former Japanese Super Bantamweight title challenger Takafumi Nakajima (22-7-1, 9) battle Thai novice Sinpalangchai Chaiyonggym (0-0). This is a must win for Nakajima, who will obviously be favoured going in to the bout however every so often one of these Thai's ends up being tougher than expected and we may see that here, especially considering that Nakajima has fought just 14 rounds in the last 24 months.
As well as the bouts which have been mentioned this show will feature 4 other bouts.
As well as the bouts in Japan there will also be action in Thailand.
Sadly we've not got a full bout list from this show however we do know that Kalae McShane (4-0, 2) will be facing Payak Twins Gym (1-1) in what should be the 5th straight win for the touted McShane, from Hawaii.
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March 7th-Amnat Vs Zou in a showdown, with notable action from Ik Yang, Rex Tso, Hiroki Okada, Suyon Takayama and more!
The start of the year has been tediously slow at times however March is certainly seeing in ring action liven up, in a big way. The first real date to mark down on your calendar is March 7th which sees action across Asia with several big names a host of notable fights ranging from a world title bout to world title eliminators to national title bouts.
The biggest of the days show's comes from Macau where fans are treat to another of Bob Arum's foray's into the gambling capital of Asia. In many ways this is the most important of all the Macau shows and is, potentially, the biggest banana skin on the road to making the experiment a major long term success.
The tricky part of this card is the main event which will see Chinese megastar Zou Shiming (6-0, 1) put his unbeaten record on the line as he takes on IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5) in a brilliant match up. These two men are both unbeaten, both under-rated and were major amateur rivals. They are also men looking to claim a major scalp. For Shiming this a test that really could see him becoming a national hero or boxing's biggest villain, for Ruenroeng it's a chance to level the score with Shiming, who holds a 2-1 record over him from the amateur ranks. For Bob Arum this is a real test of his nerve. Shiming is talented and fast but this is a major step up for the double Olympic champion.
Shiming of course isn't the only Chinese born fighter on this show, nor is he the most exciting. One of the contenders for the tag of “most exciting” is the heavy handed Ik Yang (18-0-0-1, 13) who will be up against Thailand's experienced Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-2-1, 18) in an IBF Pan Pacific Light Welterweight title bout, which will also double as an IBF world title eliminator. Yang has been on a number of Top Rank shows and is known for his power and offensive style though his flawed defense may be a problem here against the talented Patomsuk, who gave world ranked Takayuki Hosokawa a very close bout back in late 2013. This could be very interesting.
Another rival to the tag of China's most exciting fighter is the very flawed but fun Rex Tso (15-0, 9) who battles Filipino Michael Enriquez (10-2-1, 6) in a bout for the WBA International Super Flyweight title. Tso will go into this bout as the favourite and is viewed as being likely to get a fight with WBA world champion Kohei Kono if he comes through here. For Enriquez this is a major opportunity though he has lost both of his previous title fights.
Going further down the card fans will get the chance to see the explosively heavy handed Aston Palicte (16-1, 14), of the Philippines, take on one of his toughest tests as he goes up against Ismael Garnica (13-5-1-1, 5). Garnica is best known for losing a decision British fighter Paul Butler last year, other than that however there is very little of note on his record. Palicte on the other hand is a dynamite puncher who comes into this bout on the back of 5 successive opening round blow outs, including a very notable one against Gerpaul Valero.
Another Filipino in action here will be Raymond Sermona (17-4-5, 8) who will be hoping to record his 3rd successive win as he battles former “world” title challenger Jose Felix Jr (28-1-1, 23). Felix Jr's only loss came last year when he stepped up to fight Bryan Vasquez and was well beaten, despite two horribly close scorecards, and he'll be favoured to make light work of Sermona.
To open the show we're expecting to see some local talent in action. One of those locals will be the unbeaten Zhou Yun Fei (4-0, 1) who battles against Paul Valenzuela (2-1-1, 2) whilst the other will be Macau's Kuok Kun Ng (6-0, 2), who will be facing Thailand's Chingchai Kiatpracha (7-2, 3).
As well as the action in Macau there is also a show, with title action, in Japan where fans will get a couple of domestic title fights courtesy of Kadoebi.
One of those title bouts will see once beaten Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (21-1, 7) defending his belt against former foe Nobuyuki Shindo (16-2, 6) in what looks like to be a very competitive match up. Takayama has the title, the better looking record and a win over Shindo already on his record however he is a weak champion and a lot of bouts have been very close. Shindo has height and reach advantages though the question coming in is whether or not he will be able to make them count.
In the other title fight the unbeaten Hiroki Okada (9-0, 7) will be up against former title contender Hayato Hokazono (18-4-1, 11). We like Okada though are unsure how far he can really go, though it is obviously early days in his career. Hokazono is best known for his losses to the monstrously hard hitting Keita Obara, aside from those losses there is little else to note about his record other than a win over Kazuyoshi Kumano way back in December 2010.
On the under-card there is little of note though a bout between Hisao Narita (8-1, 4) and Yusuke Konno (8-2, 3) does look likely to be very competitive over the scheduled 8 rounds. Another undercard bout that we'll mention will see former Japanese Super Bantamweight title challenger Yukinori Hisanaga (16-5-2, 9) battle against Takuma Takahashi (6-4-1, 1).
In South Korea we get 3 bouts between Korean fighters and Japanese visitors as Watanabe send a trio of their stable over to Korea.
The most notable of the Japanese fighters is Sonin Nihei (5-1-1, 1) who came runner up in last years East Japan Rookie of the year. The talented 21 year old, who lost a split decision to Kenya Yamashita, will be taking on the debuting Tae Un Jung (0-0) who we know nothing about.
Another of the bouts will see unbeaten Korean Joo-Young Kwon (2-0) take on Keisuke Kanazawa (2-4, 1). On paper it's hard to go against the Korean though he has only faced debutants so far whilst Kanazawa holds a very surprising win over the much touted Koki Tyson Maebara from back in January 2013.
The remaining bout, and the most looking on paper, will see Shingo Yabu (4-4-2) battle against Chan-Hee Park (4-5-1). Yabu is 0-2-1 in his last 3, including a loss to Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine in the 2013 All Japan Rookie of the Year final. Park on the other hand has lost his last 4 and hasn't notched a win since 2009, in fact he's not fought since October 2010. Interesting match up in some ways but neither guy is anything great.
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This coming Friday looks like a very quiet day, though we have made aware of a title bout in Thailand as the world ranked Rusalee Samor (24-5-2, 11) defends his IBF Asia Super Flyweight title. Samor, a tough and exciting action fighter from Thailand, will be battling against Filipino Fernando Ocon (13-7, 5) in what we suspect will be an easy defense.
On the under-card fans will get the chance to see another world ranked fighter in action as Patomsuk Pathompothong (29-2-1, 18) battles against 21 year old Filipino Rodel Wenceslao (8-8-1, 2) in what should be a mismatch given what we know of the two men involved in this one.
Another notable name on this card is Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (24-3-1, 15) who will be taking part in his 4th bout of the year. The Thai 21 year old will be fighting against South Korean Da-Won Suh (3-3-1, 1) who, despite the record, is unbeaten in 4 bouts. The Thai should be favoured, and he has competed at a much higher level, though he does come into this one on the back of a disappointing result with Tatsuya Fukuhara.
Another of the undercard bouts here will see Patomsith Pathompothong (9-2, 4) battle against another Korean visitor as he takes on Ji-Hwan Lee (5-3-1, 2). Going into this bout Lee has lost his last 3 though may provide a decent rival for the Thai fighter.
For those wanting to watch this show it will be televised by Channel 7.
June 20th-Rusalee Samor and Patomsul Pathompothong in action in Thailand, Rookie of the East continues in Japan
It's been a mostly quiet week this week but we do end it with action in both Japan and Thailand.
Phatthalung Province, Thailand
In Thailand we have title action as the always fun to watch Rusalee Samor (23-5-2, 10) defends his IBF Asia Super Flyweight title against Indonesia's experienced but limited Ricky Manufoe (23-20-2, 10). We love watching Samor who, whilst limited, is an all action fighter and was very unlucky in his most recent loss, a majority decision to Rex Tso last July.
On the undercard we're expecting to see the world ranked, IBF #10 Light Welterweight, Patomsuk Pathompothong (27-2-1, 17) in action as he battles against Indonesian visitor Billy Sumba (19-6-1, 4). Interestingly this is the second meeting between these two men with Patomsuk having beaten Sumba via an 8 round decision back in 2011.
Another Thai Vs Indonesian bout will see Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (23-3, 15) taking on Ichal Tobida (10-11, 8). Fahlan, who was last seen in the ring being dominated by Takuma Inoue, needs a win here and will be expected to scored it against the hard hitting but very limited Tobida who is already 0-5 in Thailand. Fahlan might have been clearly beaten by Inoue but he should still be a level above Tobida,
As well as the title action in Thailand we also have a number of bouts from the East Japan Rookie of the Year. In total this show, from the Korakuen Hall, will feature 12 bouts with fights ranging from Light Flyweight to Middleweight. Of the 12 bouts the one we're most interested in is the Light bout between the highly touted 17 year old Lightweight Andy Hiraoka (3-0, 2) and the 24 year old Yoshihito Takahashi (2-1, 2).
On a second Japanese show, this time in Osaka, we will get to see 8 bouts in total. Although 7 of the 8 contests are 4 rounders there is one notable contest, the main event, which will see former world title challenger Masae Akitaya (8-4-2, 3) fighting for the first time since February 2013. Akitaya, who is best known for her losses to Ayaka Miyao, will be facing a Thai opponent though sadly we've failed to come up with the name of the Thai fighter.
Western Australia, Australia
In Australia we get to see a handful of low level bouts with Asian fighters involved. One of those will see Filipino veteran Arnel Tinampay (21-16-1, 7) battle against the unbeaten, though inexperienced, Wes Capper (4-0, 3) in what look to be a very interesting bout. Sure Capper is unbeaten but the difference in experience is huge and may well help Tinampay to a victory, something he deserved last time he fought in Australia.
The other two bouts involve Thai's with one of the bouts being between Baikon Lokromklao (1-2) and the debuting Shane Carroll (0-0) whilst the other will feature debuting Thai female Wiilaiwan Namuanghchan (0-0) who fights Louisa Hawton (0-0), a fellow debutant.
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