The most important bout of the day sees two Russians battling in a very interesting Lightweight contest in the US. The bout will see Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17) fighting against recent title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18). The winner is likely to be 1 fight away from a bout with Miguel Vaquez though we don't imagine either man will have the ability to get a win over Vazquez if they manage to secure a fight with him. Ignoring the eliminator status of the contest it's a great little contest between two men each looking to prove themselves as a world class Lightweight and a win over the other man should manage to do that.
Pathum Thani, Thailand
In Thailand the unbeaten Thewa Onesongchaigym (5-0, 1) will be hoping to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Featherweight as he takes on Xian Wei Qian (4-3-1). The bout looks like a good test for Thewa but one that he should manage to pass courtesy of his more impressive skills.
In an under-card bout the former world title challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33) will be battling against Wang Yi Ming (2-2, 2). This should be an easy stay busy win for the Thai veteran though seems like another distraction before a possible world title challenger or eliminator. Another undercard bout will see the unbeaten Kwanpichit OnesongchiGym (27-0-2, 12) face off against he win-less Saichon Or Ounsuwon (0-18).
A third under-card bout will see Teeraporn Pannimit (18-7, 5) fighting against Napaporn Superchamps (9-8, 2). This will be the third meeting between these two women and so far Teeraporn is winning the series 2-0.
In Australia we again see a bunch of mismatched Thai's being used to pad records of some local fighters. The biggest of the mismatches comes in a female bout as former world champion Susie Ramadan (23-1, 8) takes on unbeaten novice Muaylek Sithsaithong (3-0, 1). Muaylek is the second successive Thai that Ramadan will have faced but this will be her first bout in more than 2 years.
Another of the Thai's is Patomsith Pathompothong (9-1, 4) who battles the unbeaten Ibrahim Balla (5-0, 4). This will be Patomsith's first bout outside of Thailand and we can't see him over-coming the very promising Balla, though this is the most competitive of he three bouts. The third bout will see journeyman Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (10-14-1, 5) fighting against Australian debutant Jason Moloney (0-0) in what looks little more than a foregone conclusion.
After an amazing start to the week things did drop off midweek. Thankfully things get back under-way on Friday as we get Asians in action both in Asia and around the world with fights in both Australia and the US.
For us the first notable fight is in Bangkok as former world title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (33-5-1, 14) makes the third defense of his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. Suriyan's opponent has been named as Albert Alcoy (14-17-7, 4) who is disappointing to say the least.
As well as Suriyan we're also expecting to see action from Nawaphon Por Chokchai (20-0, 14) who has made a habit of fighting on the same show's as his older brother. This is however more of a guess than a certainty in this case.
We're expecting several other fights on this Thai show but, as is often the case with show's in Thailand, it's a bit more guess work than certainty.
This card will be televised on Thai Channel 7, their second show of the week.
Whilst little is really known about the Thai show the Japanese show, "Fighting Bee Vol 7", is one we have plenty of details about.
The card, from the Korakuen Hall, features a total of 6 contests including a bout for the OPBF female Bantamweight title as Tenkai Tsunami (19-9, 8) battles against hard hitting Filipino Honey Mae Bermoy (6-2, 6). For us this is the highlight bout ans a contest that promises to show how good Bermoy is whilst also giving Tsunami a chance to re-establish herself on the world stage. Great match up.
Technically the female bout isn't the main event, instead that honour goes to Tsukasa Saito (18-2, 13) and his bout with the light hitting Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-9-2, 2). Saito, ranked #8 at Lightweight by the JBC, will be looking for his third straight victory since being upset a year by Jose Maxian. Yamamoto has won just 1 of his last 4 and 2 of his last 6 so it's hard to see an upset here, especially considering his lack of power and questionable durability. With that in mind we'll continue to be more excited about the female fight.
Australia-New South Wales
Outside of Asia the first bout of note takes place "down under" as Thailand's Decha Kokietgym (34-11-3, 18) battles the world ranked Chad Bennett (32-4-3, 23) for the unified WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight and WBA Pan African Light Welterweight titles. Ranked #8 by the WBA and #10 by the WBO Bennett has a lot to lose and little to gain from this bout though in all honesty Decha hasn't got much of a chance unless he catches Bennett early. Of Bennett's 4 losses 3 have come early and he has been down numerous times through his his career. Bennett will be clearly favoured but questions about his toughness do make this a little bit interesting.
Is the US we have 2 Russian fighters in action on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card.
The most notable of the fighters is the very highly ranked Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16) who looks to state his case for a world title fight as he battles former IBF title challenger Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21) in one of the days better looking contests. Ranked by the WBC, WBA and IBF Nugaev has a lot on the line here though will know that a victory over Quintero could well be rewarded with a world title fight, especially when you consider just how tough Quintero made life for IBF champion Miguel Vazquez.
As well as Nugaev the card also features Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6) who is in a very tough contest with unbeaten American Roman Morales (17-0, 9). We don't think that Morales as good as his record indicates but we do think he's better than the average Suleymanov and we don't imagine that this will really be that close in all honesty. It's certainly not as good as the other bout on the card that's for sure.
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