Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Our attention turns to Spain this coming Friday for a female world title fight, as IBF female Minimumweight champion Joana Pastrana (13-1, 4) defends her belt against Thai veteran Samson Tor Buamas (40-4, 22). The champion will be making her first defense, following her title win this past June against Oezlem Sahin whilst Sampson, also known as Siriporn Taweesuk, will be looking to claim another title after having held the WBC female titles at Minimumweight and Light Flyweight. On paper this is a huge step up in class for Pastrana, but it's hard to know what the 35 year old Sampson still has left in the tank, given she has been inactive recently, and has had a very long career. A full preview of this bout is available here -Samson battles Pastrana for IBF crown!
Western Australia, Australia
As well as the bout in Spain there is also action in Australia as once beaten Filipino fighter Mark Bernaldez (17-1, 12) takes on once beaten Australian Kye MacKenzie (19-1, 16) for the interim WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. The Filipino suffered his only loss in 2015, when he was stopped in 7 rounds by Tsuyoshi Tameda in an exciting contender, and since then he has bounced back with a couple of low key wins. MacKenzie was also stopped in his only loss, also in 2015, when Jack Asis stopped him in 8, but since then he has won this title which he will be defending for the first time. Both are flawed fighters but they should make for an exciting contest here.
Mid week action isn't that rare in the East but this week we do get a relatively special treat with a brilliant looking show in China.
The main event of the card is the much anticipated rematch between IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5) and former Light Flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (21-3, 13). The two meet for a second time after their first bout became a farcical contest full of wrestling, holding and rule bending from Ruenroeng, who seemed to be allowed to do what he wanted from inept referee Larry Doggett. This could be a defining fight for both men, a win for either does open up some very interesting bouts for later in the year.
In the chief support bout fans will see former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (26-6-1, 14) face off against Jose Antonio Jimenez (16-5-1, 7) in an IBF world title eliminator at 105lbs. The winner will take a huge step towards getting a world title fight with Jose Argumedo later in the year however it is really a must win for Zhong who has looked like a man coming to the the end in recent bouts.
The main event isn't the only title bout on the card as China's Cai Zong Ju (7-1, 1) faces former world champion Samson Tor Buamas (37-3, 19) in a bout for the IBF Inter-Continental female Minimumweight title. This is a big step up for Ju but she has impressed and will know that a win here will put her in the mix for a world title fight in the near future.
Another bout of note on this card sees the unbeaten Fanlong Meng (6-0, 4) battle Australian Rob Powdrill (6-2, 1) in what is a notable step up for the former Chinese amateur star.
In the Philippines fans get a small, and relatively forgettable, show, in Tarlac.
The main event of the card will see veterans colliding as Cristian Abila (14-19-4, 5) faces off against Prell Tupaz (8-30-5, 1) in a bout for the LuzProBA Featherweight title. We won't try and build this up to be anything special, however it should be noted that the bout has seemingly been re-arranged a number of times in recent weeks.
New South Wales, Australia
As well as the action in Asia there are also a couple of Indonesian fighters travelling to Australia.
One of those will be the experienced, but limited, Roy Tua Manihuruk (18-15-2, 14) who will be up against novice professional Ben Savva (2-1), with Savva looking for a third straight win. The other will be Marco Tuhumury (10-12-2, 3), who is expected to be little more than fodder for the unbeaten Ahmed Dib (18-0, 9).
Fans in Tokyo have had a few days of interesting action in Tokyo this week and it continues on Thursday with a yet another show at the Korakuen Hall. The show might not be one of the best on paper but there is enough in terms of interesting match ups for us to be genuinely interested by the action set to take place.
In the main event fans will have the chance to see the limited but exciting “Zombie” Tatsuya Takahashi (19-6-4, 14) going up against the limited Kenta Toi (4-5, 1). Takahashi caught our attention last year when he was involved in a late FOTY contender against Kentaro Masuda and has been a fighter we've followed closely since. Given that performance we expect him to see off Toi here, though Takahashi didn't look too good last time out in a split decision draw with Ken Achiwa.
In the chief support bout we get heavyweight action as former Japanese Heavyweight title contender Kotatsu Takehara (11-11-3, 5) takes on Korean visitor Kin Nam Kim (4-7-3, 2). It's hard to see the visitor winning here, especially given the fact he has lost his last 3, but we are unsure just how much Takahara has left and this could prove to be more interesting than we may first think.
Another interesting bout will see the ranked Kinshiro Usui (22-4, 10) put his ranking on the line against the significantly younger Kota Sato (10-6-2, 5). On paper it's hard to see Sato winning however the 23 year old has shown an eye for the upset in the past and he may well manage to make the most of this opportunity against the 35 year old Usui.
A really well matched Flyweight bout will see Mikiya Ishikawa (9-6, 1) battle fellow light puncher Kazuaki Moriya (11-7, 1) in a must win for both men. Moriya has lost his last 4 bouts, though has competed with good opposition such as Masayuki Kuroda and Shin Ono, whilst Ishikawa is 1-2 in his last 3. Both will know this is a winnable match up and both will likely know that a loss will be a huge set back.
One more bout of note here will come at a contracted 119lbs where Atsushi Hosogai (7-8) will battle Keigo Soma (6-11-1, 2). This isn't the most mouth watering match up but it is still a solid one and should be a very interesting 8 rounder between two men who will know that they can win this one if they turn up and put in a good performance.
In Thailand fans will get the chance to see Samson Tor Buamas (35-3, 17) in action as she defends her WIBA title against Filipino challenger Lady Love Sampiton (2-3, 1) in what should be little more than a routine win for the defending champion.
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Khon Kaen, Thailand
The most notable bout of the day will see world ranked Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (26-3-1, 15) defending his IBF Asia Light Flyweight title against Japanese foe Shunji Nagata (10-12-2, 3). For those who don't follow the Asian scene carefully but have a passing interest you may recall Fahlan stopping former world champion Ryo Miyazaki in 2013, since then however he's struggled with a loss to the then 1-0 Takuma Inoue in Japan, a draw with Japanese visitor Tatsuya Fukuhara and a trio of low level wins over forgettable foes. As for Nagata he's not a great fight but we do believe he is better than his record indicates and could actually give Fahlan a test here, if he's on form.
A second title bout will see WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight champion Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (13-0, 9) defending his belt against the limited Ramli Pasaribu (3-5, 1), from Indonesia. Pharanpetch is a talented fighter but was relatively inactive last year with just a single bout, hopefully he'll be busy this year.
Although Pharanpetch is the best of the Tor Buamas fighters in action here he's not the most well known. That role belongs to female fighter Samson Tor Buamas (34-3, 16) a multi-time champion. Sadly Samson is in very light here against the wonderfully named debutant Pancake Manoprungroj (0-0). Pancake might be one of the best names in sport but we doubt she'll be any sort of competition for Samson.
The third of the Tor Buamas fighters is another female fighter, Hongfah Tor Buamas (17-5-1, 2). Like Samson we will also see Hongfah battle a debutant as she takes on Jomchon Yingchongym (0-0) in what appears to be another mismatch. Samson may be more well known than Hongfah but Hongfah has the potential to go far and this is just her next step towards go somewhere in her career.
For those interested in watching this show this will be televised on Channel 11.
July 5th-Shibata battles Nishida in unified title defence whilst Taguchi, Taconing and Rufino are all in lesser bouts
This coming weekend is one of the quietest in boxing this year. Despite the relative lack of activity we do have some interesting contests on Saturday that thankfully do help keep some interest in the sport for the day.
The biggest show of the day for us is in Japan with a Watanabe Gym promoted card at the Korakuen Hall. The show, "The 526th Dynamic Glove, will have just 7 bouts but they are almost all worthy of attention.
The most interest bout is the main event which will see OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9) defending his unified crown against the under-rated Hikaru Nishida (10-6-1, 3). On paper you'd be right to assume this would be a mismatch but Nishida is in tremendous form having won 6 of his last 7, including victories over Kazuhiko Hidaka and Makoto Fuchigami and has genuinely earned this opportunity on merit.
The penultimate bout on the show will be a contest between Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Hayato Hokazono (17-4-1, 10) and the light hitting Osamu Hashimoto (9-6,1). Going in to this bout we can't see anything but a win for Hokazanko and we're unsure why this has got the "chief support" billing on the card..
Although the Hokazano/Hashimoto bout is technically the chief support bout the most interesting of the under-card contests is a Light Flyweight contest between former Japanese champion Ryoichi Taguchi (19-2-1, 8) and former IBF Minimumweight champion Florante Condes (27-8-1, 23). Taguchi is the only man to have seen the final bell against Naoya Inoue whilst Condes is a big punching Filipino who on't have travelled to Japan to just lose. With that in mind we're really excited about this bout.
Another Japan Vs Philippines bout on this show will see the Japanese ranked Yuji Wauke (17-4-1, 8) fighting against Jonel Gadapan (8-6-1, 4). Whilst we're excited about the Taguchi/Condes fight this one sadly looks like a mismatch with Wauke the clear favourite to win against a limited visitor who has been beaten by almost every notable opponent he has faced in his career.
Metro Manila, Philippines
As well as the solid looking show in Japan we also have a card in the Philippines, unfortunately it's a card that appears to have some interesting fighters on it but no interesting bouts with them all pretty much looking like mismatches on paper.
The most notable of the bouts will see recent OPBF Featherweight title challenger Vinvin Rufino (34-16-3, 16) taking on Cristian Abila (11-12-3, 3) in a defence of Rufino's GAB Featherweight title. Although Rufino was no match for Hisashi Amagasa earlier this year we can't see him coming unstuck against the very average Abila who is, at best, a domestic Filipino journeyman. Rufino's "level" probably is at the top end of the Filipino domestic scene and there is nothing wrong with that, we just wish he'd be in with someone a little bit better than Abila.
Rufino may have failed in his attempt to become an OPBF champion earlier this year but the same could not be said of the hard hitting Jonathan Taconing (18-2-1, 15) who claimed the OPBF Light Flyweight title back in March by winning a thriller with compatriot Vergilio Silvano. Sadly Taconing won't be defending his belt here and instead he'll be fighting in a non-title bout at Flyweight as he takes on Thai visitor Nimithra Sithsaithong (4-5, 3) in what is little more than a mismatch. We love Taconing and feel he could be a potential world champion but it'd be nice to see him fighting a much higher level than this.
From what we understand there are 5 other bouts on this card with the most interesting of those being a contest between Glenn Suminguit (12-2, 7), ending a 2 year break from the ring, and the unbeaten Junar Adante (5-0-1, 2). It's not a bout that features a big name but it should prove to be a very good bout and the winner will deserve serious credit.
The most interesting bout outside of Asia, though involving an Asian, is in Mexico where Thai female star Samson Tor Buamas (33-3, 15) takes on the talented Arely Mucino (19-2-2, 10) in a WBC female Flyweight eliminator. The winner of this contest would be set to take on Shindo Go and although we'd have to think Mucino goes in as the favourite Samson has the experience and skills to make life difficult for the Mexican.
New South Wales, Australia
In Australia fans will get the chance to see Australian based Filipino Joel Dela Cruz (17-21-2, 7) taking on relative novice Michael Mlacic (8-2-1, 2). Although Dela Cruz is the more experienced of the two men he is without a win since December 2011 and will be going in to this bout trying to avoid a 10th straight loss.
In Germany we have an all-Asian bout as Uzbekistan's Jonny Ibramov (8-5-2, 2) battles against Azerbaijan's Bakhtiyar Iskenderzade (9-4, 2) in a 6 round Light Welterweight bout. We've got to admit this isn't a hugely interesting bout but it's still a bout that does leave us curious about both men despite the potential of both men being pretty limited.
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When we talk about quiet days in Asia we tend to feel that there is more than just one show. This Friday however it seems only one Asian show is planned and, from the details we've gotten, it's not a huge one.
The only show we know about is a Thai card that will be shown on Thai Channel 7. From what we are are this show will feature Thailand's talented female fighter Samson Tor Buamas (32-3, 14) who we believe will be fighting for the WIBA Light Flyweight title. Her opponent is said to be Swedish with out friend Pal speculating that it could be Maria Elin (?-?) who we think is a Muay Thai specialist.
We'd just like to say thank you to pal for this information.
March 27th-The Tor Buamas clan in action in Thailand, Cruiserweight destroyer looks for lucky #13 whilst title fights take place in the Philippines
Whilst Wednesday was the midweek highlight for boxing fans this week that doesn't mean it's the last day of the boxing week and on Thursday we get yet more action, including more televised action.
Samut Sakhon, Thailand
The televised action comes courtesy of Thai Channel 9 (Modernine TV) and comes live from Samut Sakhon. Although the full list of bouts for the show aren't yet available we believe the main event will see the unbeaten Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (12-0, 9) fighting against Filipino journeyman Rey Las Pinas (18-8-5, 11) in a defence of the Thai's WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Featherweight title.
The other bouts on this card see established fighters taking on debutants with with female veteran Samson Tor Buamas (31-3, 14), pictured, fighting against Saengmanee Sor Kulawong (0-0) and the recently defeated Tiger Tor Buamas (15-1, 12) fighting against Srisomdech Kwanjaisrikod (0-0).
Although the televised action is in Thailand we dare say that the most notable fight of the day is actually in Russia as KO sensation Dmitry Kudryashov (12-0, 12) takes on Czech veteran Lubos Suda (31-8-1, 23). This will by Kudryashov's biggest test so far but the Russian genuinely looks like a destroyer with his average fight length being 2.5 rounds. Suda is more experienced and the foes Kudryashov has been slicing through though at 37 we're unsure if he can withstand the thunderous power of the fast rising unbeaten man.
This Russian show is expected to have a further 7 bouts on it though they are most at a very low level.
Metro Manila, Philippines
In the Philippines we get two title bouts, both for variations of the Filipino title.
The better looking of those is between Rene Dacquel (10-3, 3) and Albert Alcoy (14-17-7, 4) who will be competing over the Philippines Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) Super Flyweight title. Dacquel comes into the bout with the better record though has lost his last two whilst Alcoy has won just one of his last 12 bouts, an amazingly poor form by anyone's standards.
The other title fight on this show will see Rey Juntilla (17-4-2, 10) fighting against journeyman Edison Berwela (12-28-6, 3) for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Super Bantamweight title. Juntilla is win-less in 4 despite his impressive looking record though Berwela has won just 1 of his last 12 and just 2 of his last 16.
Another notable name on this show is Warlito Parrenas (18-6, 16). The always exciting Filiipino puncher, also known as WARS Katsumata, will be hoping to make light work of the limited Ryan Soliveres (4-23-1, 1) in what should really be a mismatch.
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