The big show of the day this Saturday is in the Philippines, where we see a top prospect take on a former world champion and several under-card bouts worthy of some attention.
The main bout will see the unbeaten Mark Magsayo (19-0, 14) battle against former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-6, 35) in a bout for a couple of minor regional titles. For Magsayo this will be his second bout since a 2017 in over Shota Hayashi, in what was a really tough bout, whilst Pungluang will be looking to build on a recent win over Carlo Magali. Despite the two men having very, very, different careers it's worth noting that only 5 years separate these two men, yet their debuts were almost 9 years difference between their debuts. Pungluang is a true veteran, and will be here to win, but Magsayo will be favoured and has long been regarded as a special talent.
In an excellent GAB Bantamweight title fight we'll see Giovanni Escaner (19-4, 12) take on Renoel Pael (23-9-1, 12), with both looking to rebuild following a loss on foreign soil. Escaner was beaten in February by Joshua Greer Jr in the US, though had given a really decent account of himself before the stoppage. Pael on the other hand was taken to school in Japan by Ryusei Kawaura May, suffering his 5th loss on the road. With the GAB title up for grabs and a chance to get some momentum in to their career, we're expecting this to be a very hotly contested match up.
Another supporting bout of interest will see Filipino Roldan Aldea (14-7-1, 8) go up against Malaysian based Uzbek Anvar Turapov (5-1, 4). Coming in to this Aldea is riding a huge boost following his big upset win in Russia against Mikhail Alexeev whilst Turapov has notched 5 straight wins following a loss on debut. Given Aldea's recent win this could be interesting.
For a second day in a row we get action from Qingdao, and this is potentially just heavily stacked in favour of the locals as the other card.
The main event will see Ainiwaer Yilixiati (15-1, 11) drop down to Middleweight to take on Japanese Light Middleweight contender Ryosuke Maruki (16-6-1, 11) in a bout for two regional Middleweight titles. The hard nosed Chinese puncher suffered his only loss 3 years ago, when he was beaten in Australia by Jayde Mitchell, and has since reeled off 5 straight wins. Maruki on the other hand has lost 2 of his last 3, including a blow out loss to Akinori Watanabe a year ago and this will be a very tough bout for him in what will be his international debut.
Another bout on this card will see Tonghui Li (11-2, 5) take on Tanzania's Maono Ally (9-4-1, 5). Li lost in August 2018, to Jung Kyoung Lee, and had bounced back with a win over Arnel Tinampay last September but has been inactive since that win. Ally has lost in 3 of his 4 bouts outside of Tanzania, and was beaten last time out by Oliver Meng. Ally may not be the best fighter but we do love his nickname "The Monster of Bagamoyo".
One local who is looking to bounce back from a couple of recent set backs is Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-3, 9), who has been beaten twice on the road recently and needs a confidence building victory. He will be up against Tanzanian veteran Said Mbelwa (47-29-5-2, 31), who at the age of 41 really is on the back end of his career. Given Nuerlang's recent losses we can't hold this bout against him, and expect him to rebuild some of his broken confidence here.
Macao S.A.R., China
Staying around China, Macau hosts a small card, which on the whole isn't too interesting, though local hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (6-0, 4) is in the headline bout, as he takes on Yu Fen Wu (0-0). Cheong isn't a big name but he is an incredibly fun to watch youngster. Aged 22 he looks like he might be the face of Macao boxing over the coming years, sadly though this is a clear step backwards for him to take on a debutant at this point in time.
Pocheon, South Korea
Staying in Asia there's also a low key card in Pocheon, though this really is a card that won't get much attention.
The main bout here is a 6 round Middleweight clash that will see Seung Hee Lee (3-5, 1) take on Hyo Joon Jang (1-1-1). Given this is the main event you can understand how low level this show really is.
Technically this show is a KBM 4 round parade show, and should be fun to watch, as they usually are, but it's very to talk about before hand as it's a card of novices and debutants, with not stand out bout on it.
In Victoria, Australian fans will see one of their unbeaten hopefuls go up against a former world title challenger.
The former world title challenger is Filipino fighter Ernesto Saulong (22-4-2, 9), who challenged the then IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa in 2018, and will now be taking on Australian youngster Brock Jarvis (16-0, 15). Since then however he has gone 1-1-1, including a huge KO loss to Waldo Sabu in July 2017. Jarvis is a really talented, hard hitting 21 year old prospect, but needs to step up his competition, and on paper this is a very good step up. A win for Jarvis is expected, but we expect to see him given something of a test after 15 straight wins in the first 3 rounds.
This coming Tuesday we see an interesting card at the Korakuen Hall, featuring a top Japanese prospect taking a huge step up and a former Japanese national champion looking to end 2 fight losing run.
The prospect of note on this card is former amateur standout Ryusei Kawaura (5-0, 4), who steps up and goes up against Filipino visitor Renoel Pael (23-8-1, 12). The highly talented Kawaura turned professional in 2016 and looked fantastic when he was taking out Thai novices to begin with. He stepped up big time in 2018, beating Marjun Pantilgan, and is looking to take another big step forward here. A win for Kawaura will likely move him towards a title fight later in the year. Pael on the other hand is a former OPBF title challenger and has given good tests to the likes of Ardin Diale, Suguru Muranaka and has yet to be stopped. Pael will be the clear under-dog, but will know that a win here really will resurrect a faltering career.
Talking about somone needing a win to keep their career going Toshio Arikawa (15-6, 13), the former Japanese Welterweight champion, really is in last chance saloon right now. The heavy handed Arikawa went on a great run in 2014-2017, scoring 7 wins in a row including victories over Akinori Watanabe and Nobuyuki Shindo. That run came into an end last year and he has been stopped in his last 2 bouts, by Ryota Yada and Kudura Kaneko. Despite his lack of current form he will be strongly favoured to pick up a win here, as he takes on the very limited Masafumi Ando (5-8-2, 2) in a 6 round bout. A loss for Arikawa and this will be the end, though he has been matched very softly here.
Kadoebi will be putting on a pretty stacked card at the Korakuen Hall, headlined by a Japanese title fight and littered with notable names from the Kadoebi stable.
The main event of the card will see Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi (15-4-2, 10) make his first defense of the title, as he battles fellow puncher Taiki Minamoto (14-5, 11) in a Champion Carnival bout. Ohashi won the title last year in bizarre fashion as he stopped Kosuke Saka as Saka misheard the end of round clacker, and this will be his first defense since that win. Prior to the stoppage Ohashi had looked a monster against Saka, but with 3 stoppages against his name it's clear he's not the toughest. Minamoto is himself a bit of a glass cannon, with 2 stoppages against his name, but he did show good skills last October when he defeated Dai Iwai to earn this shot. This could well be a shoot out, and could be something very exciting.
The chief support bout is a mouth watering ,match up between Akinori Watanabe (35-7, 30) and Ratchasi Sithsaithong (10-4, 7). Watanabe has lost 3 of his last 5, including an 8th round TKO loss last time out to Magomed Kurbanov, but is still a really dangerous puncher and will know that a win here will see him back in the OPBF title mix. For Ratchasi this will be his first bout in Japan since losing the OPBF Light Middleweight title to Takeshi Inoue last October, and prior to that he had been on a role with wins against Cobra Suwa, Yutaka Oishi and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine. We're expecting this to be two men each fighting to remain relevant, and could be very special.
Fast rising Kadoebi prospect Kazuki Saito (4-0, 4) will be continuing his development as he faces off with Marbon Bodiongan (14-6-2, 11). Despite only having 4 bouts to his name Saito is already ranked by the JBC and OPBF and looks to be racing towards a title fight thanks to good wins over Jimmy Borbon and Alvin Lagumbay. This is, on paper, a slight step up in class for Saito as he takes on his most experienced opponent. Bodiongan is 0-3 on his travels, but has has mixed with the likes of Nihito Arakawa and Masaru Sueyoshi, and should give Saito a chance to compare himself to those two men. They both stopped Bodiongan though if Saito can stop him in 4 rounds he would have bettered both men's win over the Filipino visitor.
Last November we saw Shoma Fukumoto (11-2, 9) being stopped in a 90 second war with Kazuto Takesako, who has since gone on to win the Japanese Middleweight title. Fukumoto makes his return on this show as he goes up against Indonesian foe Maxi Nahak (7-14-3, 3), who has been stopped in his 3 previous visits to Japan.
Another man looking to get some momentum into his career is Cristiano Aoqui (11-7-2, 7), who has lost his last 3 bouts, and 4 of his last 5. The Japanese-Brazilian will be expected to pick up an easy win here as he takes on a poor Thai visitor.
The under-card also has a really interesting match up on it as the 21 year old Tsuyoshi Sato (5-1-1, 2). who was the 2017 Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year, takes on the unbeaten Yuma Wada (4-0-1, 1), also 21. Sato had a big year in 2017 going 4-0-1 with an opening round win over Yusei Nagai in the All Japan Rookie of the Year final, to put himself in the JBC rankings. He will be risking that rankings here against Wada, who looks a very capable young fighter himself.
As well as the action in Tokyo there will also be a pretty notable Asian show in Cebu.
The main event of this card will see Joe Noynay (13-2-1, 4) defending his WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Featherweight title against Mexican Hector Garcia (12-6-2-1, 7).We're really unsure how Garcia qualifies for this title, given that he's not from the Asia Pacific region, but he is battle tested and will be a very tough test for Noynay. The Mexican has never been stopped and gave decent tests to Devin Haney and Juan Carlos Burgos last year. Noynay is a genuine talent, and gave Reiya Abe real problems last year, so should be able to come out on top here, but he should get well tested by the Mexican visitor.
One of the main bouts will see Cris Alfante (13-6-1, 5) hunt a third straight win as he takes on Renoel Pael (21-8-1, 11) in a 10 rounder. Coming in to this one Alfante has got a big of momentum with back to back wins, though he has suffered 2 losses in his last 5 bouts, including a 4th round KO defeat to Daigo Higa. Pael once looked like he could be a diamond in the rough, but with 4 straigth losses his career is floundering now and there is a risk that he has resigned himself to being little more than a regional gatekeeper, which would be a shame given his competitive bouts with Ardin Diale and Suguru Muranaka.
Other undercard bouts on this card will see Cris Paulino (16-3, 6) take on Jason Tinampay (8-8-1, 7), in what could be much better than it looks, and Ronel Sumalpong (4-0, 4) risk his unbeaten record against fellow unbeaten Justin Darap (2-0, 2).
In Canada fans will be able to see former world title challenger Michael Farenas (42-5-4, 34) take on Guadalupe Rosales (34-14, 18). Filipino banger Farenas has had a pretty stop-start career in recent times, with a couple of low key bouts in 2015, none in 2016 and one last year. Aged 33 there is still life in Farenas' career, but he will need a big and busy 2018, with this bout being a perfect chance to shake some ring rust. Rosales on the other hand is a relatively low risk opponent for someone like Farenas and despite being tough, shouldn't have the legs to avoid Farenas.
This coming weekend is a big one with Asian boxing, especially on Saturday where we get a host of big fights. Friday however is a much quieter day with significantly less action of note.
The only confirmed card for the day is taking place in Rizal and will be a card with a number of noteworthy names in action.
In one of the headline bouts fans will see Rogelio Jun Doliguez (22-4-2, 16) take on Landy Cris Leon (10-16-4, 4). The 26 year old Doliguez will be heavily favoured here, despite being 3-3 in his last 6, and he is with out a doubt the more talented and proven fighter, despite his current lack of form. As for Leon he has actually lost his last 3, but is showing a new found grit, have not suffered a stoppage loss in over 2 years, after having had 10 through his career so far. Loen's determination might see him survive the distance with Doliguez, but it's hard to see him scoring the upset here.
A much more attractive looking bout will see Renz Rosia (15-3, 7) take on Renoel Pael (21-7-1, 11) in what looks like a bit of a 50-50 bout. Aged 29 Rosia is a man with some inconsistent form. He's lost 2 of his last 3, and 4 of his last 5, but has mixed against very good opponents, such as Moruti Mthalane, Giemel Magramo and Makazole Tete. Pael is also struggling for form, and has lost his last 3, and 6 of his last 8, but has never been stopped and is much better than those numbers suggest. This could be a genuinely intriguing contest.
One other bout of note here will see unbeaten Malaysian Aiman Abubakar (6-0, 2) look to extend his unbeaten record as he takes on Germaine Dela Rosa (4-8-2, 1). The Malaysian is slowly stepping up, and this will be his first 8 rounder, but it's hard to see what Dela Rosa has to offer in terms of competition.
The most notable bout for Asian fight fans this Saturday is in Texas where we'll see a Filipino icon in action as Nonito Donaire (37-4, 24) returns to the ring for the first time since losing the WBO Super Bantamweight title to Jessie Magdaleno last November. The “Filipino Flash” has been training in Japan for his return, which sees him moving back up to Featherweight to face Ruben Garcia Hernandez (22-2-1, 9) in a contest for the WBC Silver title. Although he has been inactive, and is 34, Donaire should have far too much for Hernandez.
In California there is another notable Filipino in action, as the heavy handed Romero Duno (14-1, 13) returns to the States for the first time since his break out win over Christian Gonzalez. The hard hitting Pinoy puncher will be up against Mexican veteran Juan Pablo Sanchez (30-13, 14). Duno should have too much fire power for his Mexican foe, who has been stopped 8 times, but Sanchez does appear to be than his record suggests and his last couple of losses, have been in competitive decisions against Rene Alvarado and Antonio Moran, both solid punchers.
More Asian fighters are in action in the US as a number of fighters from Central Asia fight on a card in Louisiana.
In the main event we'll see 21 year old Tajik hopeful Mekhrubon Sanginov (4-0, 3) take on American Cameron Burroughs (4-1-0-1, 3) for the WBC Youth Middleweight title. Sanginov has been a professional for just under a year but has impressed with 3 quick wins and a bizarre split decision in Poland where one judge appears to have been watching a different fight to everyone else. This should be a really interesting and looks to be very well matched, though neither man has has got many rounds under their belt, which could make this contest sloppy if it gets to the later rounds.
Also on this card are Balaussa Muzdiman (0-0), Iskander Kharsan (1-0, 1) and Ali Baloyev (1-0, 1) who will all be facing limited looking opposition as they look to take their next step in their professional journey.
Fight fans in Japan are set for a bit of a strange card with a trio of notable names, all taking on very weak opposition.
In the main event the always fun to watch Tatsuya Takahashi (26-7-5, 19) will be up against limited Thai visitor Chatphet Saithonggym (0-2) in what should be an easy win for Takahashi, following a technical decision loss to Jetro Pabustan earlier this year. Although Takahashi is a very fun to watch fighter it's unlikely this will be too exciting, with the bout likely designed to give Takahashi an easy win.
Another mismatch will see big punching Japanese Welterweight Yuki Beppu (15-0-1, 15) take on an unnamed Thai foe. This will be Beppu's second bout since drawing with Charles Bellamy back in January and we're expecting another early finish for the 26 year old banger.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this card will see novice Tetsuya Watanabe (1-0), who is touted as once to watch, take on the always entertaining and charming Takuya Yamaguchi (3-8-2, 2). It's hard to imagine Yamaguchi winning, but he will throw leather with bad intentions and could well test Watanabe's resolve and chin in a potentially interesting contest.
Johore Bahru, Malaysia
We get yet another Asian show with action in Malaysia, as we see FH Promotions give several fighters a chance to shine.
One of those looking to impress here is Azizbek Abdugofurov (7-0, 4), who was originally scheduled to face Ibrahim Tamba (21-8-1, 14) but is now listed as facing a TBA, presumably a late replacement for Tamba who appears to be out of the bout. Abdugofurov is regarded as one of the top Uzbek prospects and has quickly climbed into the top 25 on boxrec due to notable wins over the likes of Chaloemporn Singwancha, Sirimongkol Singwancha and Martin Fidel Rios. It's likely his bout here will just be a stay busy, but he really is one to watch.
Another unbeaten man looking to extend his record is local favourite Muhamad Farkhan (4-0, 4), who will want to shine in front of his loyal fans as he takes on Thai visitor Khundon Chaiyonggym (8-3, 8). It's fair to say that Farkhan will have all the fans behind him and should win, but this is a small step up for the local hero.
On paper one bout that does have promise will see Filipino fighters collide as Jeson Umbal (15-5, 10) takes on Jon Jon Estrada (10-3-1,9). For Umbal this bout will be his 4th in Malaysia, where he is 3-0 (1) and will see him look to continue his 7 fight winning run. As for Estrada this bout will be his first outside of the Philippines. Given his power Estrada is a real threat to the rise of Umbal and this could be a very exciting and hard hitting bout, which should thrill the fans.
Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines there will be two shows, but the most notable is in Metro Manila.
In the main event of this card we'll see the talented pairing of Glenn Suminguit (19-3, 10) and Renoel Pael (21-6-1, 11) battle for the GAB Bantamweight title, with Suminguit looking for his firs defense of the title. Suminguit won the title a year ago, stopping Alvin Bais in 3 rounds for the vacant title, but has only fought once since then, losing in Super Bantamweight bout, and could well have some ring rust coming in to this one. As for Pael the bout will see is confidence being checked, with the once touted Leyte man being 2-5 in his last 7, and really struggling for form.
In supporting bouts we'll see the Elorde brothers take on two over-matched Indonesians. Juan Miguel Elorde (23-1, 12) will be up against Afrizal Tamboresi (11-6, 6), who has lost his last 4 and been stopped in his last 3 and Juan Martin Elorde (22-1-1, 9) will be up against veteran Arief Blader (23-24-2, 8), who has won 1 of his last 5. It's hard to imagine of the Elorde's losing here in what are really mismatches.
What could turn out to be an interesting contest is set to see Wilbert Berondo (10-2-1, 4) take on the tough and under-rated Jayar Diama (7-11-7, 3). Although it looks one sided on paper it needs to be noted that Diama is much better than the numbers suggest and he could be a real handful for Berondo, who is best known for suffering a stoppage loss to the exceptional Hinata Maruta.
In a second Filipino show we'll see a card headlined by a bout between Roilo Golez (16-18-1, 7) and Diarh Gabutan (19-6-3,10). Coming in to this one Golez is totally out of form, losing 7 of his last 8 bouts by stoppage. Whilst Golez has mixed with some good company he's also suffered lossesto limited foes, like Geboi Mansalayao and it's fair hard to say that Gabutan should pick up the win here. Saying that however Golez' only win in his last 8 bouts, was actually a 5th round KO against Gabutan, who knows he cannot afford another loss, especially not to Golez.
Also in Asia there is a show in Singapore, featuring a number of fighters from across Asia.
In a high profile female bout local star Nurshahidah Roslie (6-1, 4) will take on Thai visitor Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth (12-4-2, 5) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female and OPBF Female Featherweight titles. This will give both fighters something to fight for, and we do expect them to have a proper fight here, but it's hard to imagine the visitor having the power needed to really test Roslie.
Another local in action is unbeaten Super Middleweight hopeful Rafi Majid (5-0, 5), who takes on Indonesian visitor Maxi Nahak (7-13-3, 3) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Middleweight title. Majid has blitzed his first 5 opponents, in a combined 7 rounds, and will likely do the same here, against a naturally smaller man who has been stopped 9 times already n 23 fights.
Another fight where we'd expected to see someone beat an Indonesian is a contest that will feature Filipino fighter Jun Tapale (22-9-1, 8) battling Indon Rusmin Kie Raha (15-13-3, 3). Although Tapale isn's a huge puncher Raha has been stopped in 8 of his 13 losses and we could see a 9th here. Raha's best hope is to see out the final bell, but it's hard to imagine him really testing the Filipino.
This coming Friday sees Filipino fans getting the bulk of Asian action in quite a stacked card, with a number of bouts of real note, as well as some bouts which could be better than they look on paper.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
That Filipino shows comes from Davao del Sur and features a single title fight, as the twice beaten Jake Bornea (11-2, 5) faces Renerio Arizala (13-6-1, 5) for the WBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight title. On paper this bout might not look anything special, particularly given that Arizala has gone 1-5 in his last 6, but the reality is that both men will be hunting a win and both will put it all out there in an attempt to claim some silverware.
Jake isn't the only member of the Bornea family in action as younger brother Jade Bornea (7-0, 4) risks his unbeaten record against the massively experienced Jetly Purisima (21-22-4, 6). This should see the unbeaten Bornea move to 8-0 but we're expecting to see the talented youngster rack up some much needed rounds as he continues his development. Although Bornea did go 10 rounds last time out he has only got 29 rounds under his belt and a tough survivor like Purisima should really help with his development.
Another unbeaten man on this card looking to keep his “0” in place is the under-rated Ryan Lumacad (12-0-3, 7), who takes on Renoel Pael (21-5-1, 11) in the best bout of the show on paper. The unbeaten Lumacad has drawn 2 of his last 3, though was unlucky last time out not to take a win over Go Onaga in Okinawa and looks like a really talented prospect with a good engine and under-rated power. Interestingly Pael has lost to the two fighters Lumacad has fought to recent draws with, but a solid fighter and looks likely to bring the best out of the unbeaten youngster.
On paper a match up between Adones Cabalquinto (23-3, 15) and Rodel Wenceslao (11-14-1, 4) doesn't look hugely appealing, especially given that Cabalquinto beat his compatriot last year. The reality however is that Wenceslao is much better than the numbers suggest and this could be a really tough ask for Cabalquinto following 3 losses in his last 5.
One man expected to pick up a confidence booster is Rosekie Cristobal (12-2, 9), who has lost his last 2. The once touted Cristobal will be up against the tough but limited Alvin Makiling (10-13-4, 3). Another fighter looking for a confidence boosting win is Joebert Alvarez (15-2-1, 7), who should be strongly favoured to defeat Rodel Tejares (21-42-7, 6) in their 6 rounder.
Hampshire, United Kingdom
As well as the action in the Philippines there will be two Kazakh fighters in action in the UK, as they attempt to both claim titles.
In a really interesting bout at 154lbs Yernar Yeshenov (5-0, 4) will face fellow unbeaten Michael McGurk (8-0, 2), with the winner to become the new WBC Youth Silver Intercontinental champion. The 22 year old Yeshenov has fought in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Thailand, and has previously claimed a Youth regional title at Middleweight, though never filled out to being a fully fledged Middleweight. Scottish fighter McGurk has never been in a bout scheduled for 6 before this contest, and will be needing a career best performance to hold his own with the powerful Kazakh hopeful.
The other bout will see the hard hitting Alexandr Zhuravskiy (13-2, 11) battle against the unbeaten Stephen Danyo (11-0-3, 6) in a bout for the WBO European Welterweight title. Zhuravskiy, like his compatriot, is well travelled and has scored wins in Kazakhstan, Russia and Thailand, with both of his losses being competitive. Danyo is a British based Dutch fighter who has fought all over the place himself and could make for a very interesting match up here.
South Australia, Australia
On February 3rd we get the chance to see two interesting looking bouts take place in Australia as two Filipino fighters look to over-come unbeaten Australian twins.
At Bantamweight we'll see the unbeaten Andrew Moloney (11-0, 7) take on the under-rated Renoel Pael (21-4-1, 11). Moloney was a former amateur standout who has made a name for himself in the professional ranks thanks to wins over notable Filipino fighters like Jether Oliva and Markquil Salvana. The unbeaten man will be looking to continue that run as he takes on Pael, who has lost 3 of his last 5. Although Pael isn't in great form he has been fighting good fighters with losses to Ardin Diale, Go Onaga and Suguru Muranaka. Although on paper Pael is a live under-dog it should be noted that he's not a natural Bantamweight and could struggle with Moloney's power.
The other unbeaten Australian is Andrew's twin brother Jason Moloney (11-0, 10), who will be seeking his 12th win as he takes on experienced Filipino Marco Demecillo (22-6-1, 17). Again this bout look good on paper but sadly Demecillo looks to be a fighter very low on confidence and has gone 4-6 in his last 10, with 2 stoppage losses during those 10 bouts. He isn't a natural Super Bantamweight and will, like Pael, be expected to struggle against his foe's power and well honed skills. There is a slight chance of an upset, but it really is only a slight one.
Ansan, South Korea
There is also set to be a small KBC show in Ansan. The card is a very small one as part of the KBC's Rookie tournament.
The activity of the weekend continues on Sunday with 3 Japanese cards as well as a show in the Philippines and one in Korea.
The best of 3 Japanese cards this Sunday comes from Ishikawa and features several notable fighters taking on Venezuelan visitors.
In the main event fight fans will see Hurricane Futa (21-6-1, 12), fresh off his upset win over Will Tomlinson back in August, face off against Luis Araguayan (12-9, 7). Futa's win over Tomlinson will have filled him with a lot of confidence coming in to this one but the visitor is better than his record suggests and he managed top give Shinya Iwabuchi a tough test before being stopped in 7 rounds last year.
In the chief support bout fans will see world ranked Filipino Genesis Servania (27-0, 11) battled against the heavy handed and tough Alexander Espinoza (11-7-1, 10). Servania hasn't actually had a fight since last December, but has stayed sharp with sparring sessions along side the Inoue brothers, and should be favoured here. Saying that however Espinoza is a puncher and is genuine tough having gone the distance with former world champions Jhonathan Romero and Jorge Solis in his last 2 bouts.
In a third bout of note Suoer Bantamweight Jonathan Baat (31-7-5, 14) faces Iwier Henriquez (9-8-1, 4) in what should serve as a tune up for Baat ahead of his October 22nd bout with Yusaku Kuga in the Strongest Korakuen. Baat's record may not show it but he's a really talented fighter and shouldn't have any problems with his Venezuelan foe who has lost his last 4, including a decision to Keyvin Lara, and is naturally a Super Flyweight.
In Osaka we get the Rookie of the West finals. The card, in total, features 10 bouts but 3 genuinely stand out as being mouth watering.
The first of those is the Minimumweight bout which will see Shintaro Ryuko (3-0, 1) face off against Daiki Tomita (5-0, 1) in a brilliant match up between two young fighters looking to take a huge step in their careers. Tomita, aged 18, is the younger man but he is the more experienced fighter whilst the older man himself is only 21. With both fighters being really young they have a lot of potential and could just be a few bouts away from a Japanese ranking, with that in mind both will put it all on the line here.
At Super Featherweright the 22 year old Shu Takeuchi (3-0, 2) will facing 23 year old Ryuji Ueda (5-0) in another bout between unbeaten fighters. Takeuchi definitely has the edge in power but Ueda is much more experienced with 20 rounds, as compared to Takeuchi's 11 rounds.
The best of the fights is at Super Flyweight, and is the only 5 rounder on the card. The bout will see the teenager Kenta Nomura (4-0, 1) face off with fellow teen Kota Fujimoto (4-0, 1). Not only are both fighters teens but both have identical records and very similar amount of career rounds. Whilst Super Flyweight is one of the deepest divisions in Japan we wouldn't be surprised to see both of these men in the Japanese rankings in the future.
In Nagasaki fight fans will be able to see ting return of 35 year old puncher Aozora Nishida (12-2-2, 11), who ends an almost 6 year break from the ring, to face Shota Yamaguchi (13-3, 8). At his best Nishida was a genuinely promising fighter, and was last seen stopping Kota Fukuoka, but given his age and inactivity he probably won't be the same fighter he was. Yamaguchi has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 but given his activity and freshness compared to Nishida he may well be to out last the veteran here.
Surigao del Norta, Philippines
In the Philippines fans will see Renoel Pael (19-4-1, 9) face off against Rogen Flores (14-31-6, 7) in a bout for the PBF Super Flyweight title. For Pael, who will clearly be the favourite, the bout should see an end to a 3 fight losing streak, which has included losses to Go Oanaga and Suguru Muranaka in Japan along with a defeat in an OPBF Flyweight title fight against Ardin Diale. Given Pael's recent losses however Flores may see this as a great chance to pick up a major upset.
There will also be action in South Korea, action that is set to be streamed over youtube.
The main event here is a PABA Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Woo Hyun Kim (6-1, 1) [김우현] and Jong Min Jung (7-7, 2). This is one of two title bouts on the card with a Korean Cruiserweight title bout also on the show.
In Russia fight fans will get the chance to see Kyrgyzstan's Akzhol Sulaymanbek uulu (1-0, 1) fight in his second professional bout.
The most notable show this Friday comes from the Korakuen where Flash Akabane are putting on a notable show.
In the main event fans will see former Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka (23-2-1, 8) fight for the second time since he had multi-weight issues. The Japanese fighter, who is currently world ranked, will be up against under-rated Filipino fighter Renoel Pael (19-3-1 9) in what is likely to be a very good get for Muranaka, but one he should pass. Although we favour Muranaka here we can't see this being anything but a fun fight for fight fans and one that will have to see Muranaka stepping up his game significantly from his last bout.
The only other bout of real note on this card will see Kenta Nakagawa (11-2-1, 8) take on Thai visitor Ken Menayothin (0-1). Nakagawa has gone 9-0-1 in his last 10 and is heading towards a ranking, following good results against the likes of Toyoto Shiraishi, Jo Tanooka and Shuji Hamada. This bout will be Menayothin's second in Japan, follow a stoppage loss at the end of last year to the very promising Masayoshi Hashizume, and we don't see him winning here against Nakagawa.
Despite not being in action this card will also feature Yuzo Kiyota, who will be in a retirement ceremony ending his long career in the ring.
As well as the action in Japan there will also be shows in China and Thailand.
One of the main bouts of the show will see the promising Zulpikar Maimaitiali (6-0-1, 4) face off against the much more experienced Tanzanian Thomas Mashali (18-4-1-1, 9). Notably Mashali has been stopped in both of his bouts away from home, both in Russia, and we see him being stopped again here against a slightly crude but very exciting Chinese fighter.
The other bout of genuine note on this card will see the big punching Ainiwaer Yilixiati (7-0, 6) face off against Chaoqun Dong (5-1, 2). Coming in to this one Yilixiati is on a 6 fight stoppage run, with the first of the stoppages actually coming against Dong last October. For Dong this is a chance to avenge his sole defeat.
In Thailand the major bout will see world ranked Super Flyweight hopeful Eaktawan Mor Krungthep Thonburi (19-3, 13) battle against Filipino opponent Jayar Diama (7-7-5, 3). This is expected to be another win for Eaktawan, who is a genuinely promising prospect, but Diama is better than his record suggests and was very unfortunate not to beat Ming Ma Yi back in January.
Also in Thailand, though possibly on a different show, the unbeaten Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (34-0, 25) will be defending his PABA Welterweight “Super” title against Japanese based Dominican Vladimir Baez (21-2-2, 19).
The most notable of the two Japanese shows comes from Okinawa where fans get two interesting bouts, one of which features world ranked fighter facing a recent OPBF title challenger in the main event.
That aforementioned main event will fee IBF Super Flyweight hopeful Go Onaga (26-2-2, 18) battle against recent OPBF Flyweight title challenger Renoel Pael (19-2-1, 9) in what is a really interesting looking match up. Of the two Onaga is the more experienced, and the more proven puncher, but at 35 he knows the pressure is on him to perform and he can ill afford a narrow decision win. For Pael the bout sees him returning to his natural Super Flyweight division and being given a great chance to enter the world rankings. A really interesting match up, even if it won't get much attention outside of Japan.
The other bout of note sees the promising Masatoshi Kotani (17-2, 13) battle the limited but heavy handed Koichi Ito (10-4-3, 9). Of the two Kotani should be favoured however he does have a relatively padded record. On the other hand Ito is a dangerous and live under-dog, who has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5 but should never be counted out at the Japanese domestic level.
The other Japanese show comes from Aichi and although it too features two bouts of note they are lower in profile than the bouts in Okinawa.
The main event of the card is an intriguing match up at a contracted 56KG's and will see the 2015 Rookie of the Year of Super Bantamweight Renji Ichimura (6-2, 5) battle the big punching Takuya Mizuno (7-1-1, 7) in what looks likely to be an explosive contest. Both of these men are beatable, but both and bang and both are young, suggesting they may not have worries about respecting their opponent and may believe that they are the better puncher. No result would be a surprise here.
The chief supporting bout is anb 8 rounder between the experienced Yuji Shimizu (17-9-1, 1) and the limited Hajime Nagai (12-7-2, 3). Unlike the main event this one doesn't promise fireworks but should be a solid fight for the in attendance. Very much a “calm before the storm” type of fight though given just how mouth watering the main event looks.
Lanao del Norte, Philippines
In the Philippines fans will get the chance to see Jhon Gemino (12-6-1, 5) battle the limited Andrew Palas (5-4-1, 2) in a bout for the GAB Super Bantamweight. On paper Gemino is the favourite and it really is hard to imagine him being tested by Palas.