After a few quiet days, without much in terms of action, we suddenly get a burst of activity with a host of title bouts and name fighters in action.
The most notable in Asia comes from Saitama where we get two world title bouts, along with a champion in a stay busy non-title bout and a really promising prospect.
The most notable of the bouts on this card will see IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (15-3-1, 5) face off against old foe Maria Salinas (11-4-3, 4) in a mouth watering rematch. These two fought to a split decision draw last November, with Shibata recording her 4th defense of the title, but Salinas will be coming in looking for revenge. Salinas hasn't fought since the first meeting whilst Shibata scored a stay busy win earlier in the year, despite that Salinas will have stayed sharp in the gym and will be very hungry here.
In another title bout on the same show Yunoka Furukawa (7-1-2, 5) will be battling Satomi Nishimura (9-2, 1) for the currently vacant WBA Atomweight title. Coming in to this one Furukawa is on a 6 fight winning streak following a peculiar 1-1-2 start to her professional career. The best of those 6 wins was a 4th round TKO over Aiko Yamagishi. Nishimura is 3-2 in her last 5 but has mixed with very good fighters like Asemi Hanagata and Ayaka Miyao, who she challenged for this very same title back in October 2010.
Having mentioned the WBA Atomweight title it's worth noting that former champion Momo Koseki (21-2-1, 7) will be in action on the same show. Koseki gave up the title to focus on keeping her WBC title, and will be in a stay busy bout on this card against a Thai opponent.
A really good prospect on this card will be the former amateur stand out Kazuto Takesako (3-0, 3) who takes on Hiroshi Ohashi (7-9, 3) in an 8 rounder. The touted Takesako will be expected to beat Ohashi, who hasn't scored a win in over 6 years, but will perhaps need to do more than just win to be impressive. Notably Ohashi was stopped in 6 rounds by Koki Tyson in 2014 and that will likely be the target to beat for the unbeaten 25 year old.
Staying in Japan there will also be a show in Osaka, featuring an impressive 12 bouts in total.
The main event will see world ranked Atomweight Masae Akitaya (10-6-2, 3) face off against Thai visitor Sornsawan Sarakarngym (0-2) in what looks like a stay busy bout for the OPBF Atomweight champion, and mutli-time world title challenger.
Sadly whilst the card does have 12 bouts it's hard to find some that are actually worth noting, with the only 8 rounder being a bout between Kazuma Fukuyama (6-6-3, 1) and Shohei Kanemoto (9-11-1, 3). This should be an interesting 8 round but certainly nothing brilliant.
The action isn't just in Japan with several Asian's fighting in Australia.
One of those is the tough Hurricane Futa (20-6-1, 11) who will be up against Will Tomlinson (25-2-1, 13) in what looks likely to be an action packed bout for the WBA “Interim” Oceania Lightweight title. Although both men are flawed both come to fight and it should be one of those all action wars between guys who enjoy having a tear up.
Another Japan Vs Australia bout will see Japanese visitor Kimika Miyoshi (13-8-1, 5) battle against Shannon O'Connell (12-4-1, 7) for the WBC Silver female Super Bantamweight title. O'Connell will be looking to make the first defense of her title but is 1-1-1 coming in to this bout whilst Miyoshi is in the form of her career and has won two OPBF titles this year, to become a 3-weight OPBF champion. This could be another really good match up.
On the same card Thailand's Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-4, 12) will be up against the unbeaten Qamil Balla (8-0-1, 3), in a bout that we suspect Balla will be the favourite for.
Mid-week boxing can often be disappointing with unimportant shows and mismatches being put on with little interest in really giving fans good value for money. This Tuesday however we get an excellent card with two OPBF title fights and some genuinely interesting looking action.
The card in total features 6 bouts and whilst the lowest cards on the show are nothing special much of the card does look very interesting.
One of the interesting undercard bouts sees Japanese Middleweight Shoma Fukumoto (2-1, 2) attempting to bounce back from his first professional defeat. Fukumoto will be fighting Korean champion Kyung-Joon Ahn (6-2-1, 5). Although Ahn is 0-2 in Japan he is a big puncher and this will almost certainly be a shoot out with the first man to connect almost certainly being favoured to score a knockout.
Whilst the Middleweight clash looks like an exciting contest is really doesn't have the significance of the two title fights. The first of those will see former world title challenger Saemi Hanagata (8-4-2, 3) battling against the unbeaten Satomi Nishimura (6-0, 1) for the vacant OPBF Minimumweight title. The bout is a great one on paper and you could make a case for either woman winning though we do favour the more battled hardened Hanagata.
The second title fight, and the shows main event, is an equally as enticing bout as Koji Numata (21-7-1, 16) fights Takehiro Shimokawara (19-8-2, 6) for the currently vacant OPBF Light Middleweight title. The title, given up by Charlie Ota, may not truly decide the best Light Middleweight in Asia but it should be a genuinely fantastic and highly competitive match up between very evenly matched fighters.
As far as we're aware this will be the days only card though it does look like one that is highly important to the Asian boxing world.
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