The coming weekend is huge for boxing fans, in fact it may well be the biggest boxing weekend of the year with major fights on two continents. The weekend however kicks off a day early, on the Friday, as Japan's heavy handed Keita Obara (16-1-1, 15) challenges the unbeaten Eduard Troyanovsky (24-0, 21) for the IBF and IBO Light Welterweight titles. The bout, an IBF mandatory, will be in Russia with Obara fighting outside of Japan for the second time, following last year's horrendous draw with Walter Castillo, and it will be his first world title bout with many fans expecting real fireworks here between two big punchers.
Staying in Russia fight fans will also be able to see unbeaten Filipino hopeful Rimar Metuda (10-0, 5) battle against the once beaten Kazakh Mirzhan Zhaksylykov (9-1, 4) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Featherweight title. On paper this is a brilliant match up, though Zhaksylykov, a former PABA champion, has fought just once in 6 years, losing in a 4 rounder to Shavkat Rakhimov.
Talking about Tajik born Shavkat Rakhimov (5-0, 3) he will himself be in action as he takes on the experienced Farhod Oripov (11-12-1, 5) in a 6 rounder.
There will also be action in China. The headlined bout here will see Tao Ji (10-6-2, 2) face Xinghua Wang (12-13-1) for the vacant WBA China National Bantamweight title. Ji has gone 0-1-2 in his last 3 and is far from outstanding himself.
Another interesting bout from the card in China will see the unbeaten An Bi Liang (3-0, 2) battle against the heavy handed Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (11-2, 9) in what looks like a really serious test for the unbeaten man.