This coming Friday out attention turns to Russia for the next RCC card, which features several notable fighters from across Asia.
One of those is Russian based Tajik Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (12-0, 8), who will be looking to make his first defense of the WBC International Super Featherweight title. The unbeaten 23 year old will be up against experienced Mexican Emanuel Lopez (29-9-1, 13), who has had mixed success in recent years, losing 3 of his last 5. If Yaqubov is as good as he has looked in recent bouts then we'd expect him to win here, and take a huge step towards a potential world title eliminator later in the year.
Unbeaten Uzbek fighter Ravshanbek Umurzakov (6-0, 5) had an interesting 2018, going 5-0 (4) but having a big asterisks over his biggest win, a 58 second victory over Eden Sonsona who looked like he didn't want to be in the ring. Umurzakoz will be up against Filipino Rimar Metuda (12-4-1, 7), who has proven himself as durable, though is 2-4-1 in his last 7 and is 0-3-1 outside of the Philippines. We suspect Metuda will put up a good effort against the Uzbek, but not really test him.
Unbeaten Kazakh Stanislav Kalitskiy (6-0, 3) will be risking his unbeaten record against Filipino Venson Delopere (6-3-4, 2). The 21 year old Kalitskiy scored 3 wins last year, including a notable one against Jestoni Autida, but it's unclear what he can really do in the ring and he should be tested here. Delopere is a 23 year old who has proven tricky to beat, but is winless outside of the Philippines. This should be a good test for Kalitskiy and we wouldn't be surprised to see him struggle at times with the Filipino.
Another Filipino on this card is Arnold Garde (10-6-3, 4), who will be up against unbeaten Russian fighter Mekhdi Abdurashedov (5-0, 2). The Russian really impressed last time out, stopping Filipino Prince Andrew Lauro in 5 rounds, and this bout seems to be a good step up for him. Garde has been stopped in 2 of his last 3, but is going to have travelled with some ambition. Sadly for Garde we don't question his desire, but we do doubt he has the skills to handle Abdurashedov
In Hungary fans a bout is scheduled between Russian born Azeri Roman Zakirov (8-0, 7) and Mexican foe Daniel Vega Cota (13-2-1, 10). The unbeaten Zakirov is a 22 year old who only turned professional a year ago but has been ultra active, with fights in Uzbekistan, Georgia and Russia and now looks to add Hungary to passport. Cota on the other hand has only fought outside of Mexico once and should be easy enough for the Azeri, given he has been stopped in both of his losses.
In Thailand we'll see unbeaten Thai hopeful Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (10-0, 4) battle against experienced Filipino Crison Omayao (24-18-4, 8) in a bout for the OPBF Silver Light Flyweight title. This bout will be the Thai's first at 108lbs and it's hoped that he will show what he can really do at the new weight after looking less than great at Minimumweight.
A second title bout on this show will see Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (4-2, 2) take on Japanese fighter Umi Ishikawa (7-2, 5) for the OPBF silver Female Minimumweight title. This is a low key bout but the winner should find themselves moving towards some bigger and better fights in the near future.
Interestingly this Thai card will also feature Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18) and Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) playing some part in the show, though the specifics of their appearances seem to be an exhibition or a live public training event rather than any kind of fight.
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In London we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Sultan Zaurbek (3-0, 2) take a small step up in class as he takes on Lyuben Todorov (6-3, 2). The unbeaten prospect will be facing his first opponent with a winning record, but the Bulgarian is 0-3 outside of Bulgaria and isn't expected to be much of a threat for Zaurbek, who is scheduled to fight again a week later.
In Bangkok fight fans will get a small but notable card.
One of the notable bouts will see 49 year old Christian Daghio (10-0, 10) take on Don Parueang (6-4, 6) in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place on August 3rd. For some reason the original date for the bout fell through and now, more than 2 months later, the fighters will face off. It's worth noting that Daghio did fight in September, scoring his 10th win, whilst Parueang will be fighting 7 years after his debut.
The headline bout will be a much more intriguing match up as touted Thai prospect Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (9-0, 4) faces Filipino Marco John Rementizo (8-2, 5). The unbeaten Thai fighter will be making his third defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title, that he won in January. The Thai has already fought 6 times this year, and although he's yet to really shine there are people in Thailand tipping him for big things. The 21 year old Rementizo has been stopped in the opening round in both of his losses and we wouldn't be shocked to see him being stopped again here, in what will be his international debut.
This coming Friday fans in Thailand can tune into a title double header on Channel 7. Neither bout looks great on paper, but both do feature unbeaten local hopefuls taking on visiting fighters with more experience.
In a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Minimumweight title we'll see 25 year old Southpaw Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart (3-0, 1) take on Indonesian foe Melianus Mirin (9-3, 6). Not too much is known about the Thai, who hasn't faced anyone of any note, but this is a chance to make his first mark on the sport. Interestingly for Mirin this will be his first bout outside of Indonesia, and he's currently riding a 5 fight winning run coming into this bout, so should make for an interesting test.
The other title bout will see 19 year old Wanchana Menayothin (7-0, 3) facing off with Agus Kustiawan (18-6-2, 8) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Featherweight title. On paper this looks like a simple win for the emerging prospect, but the Indonesian visitor has proven his toughness and could well provide some stiff foil for the local teenager, who debuted in late 2016. The local is a former WBC Youth Intercontinental champion and this is a credible step up for the youngster.