This coming Saturday sees us turn our attention to G+ for the next live card to be aired on their channel
In the main event of the card we'll see former WBC Flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-2, 12) battle against upset minded American Miguel Cartagena (15-3, 6), with both men risking world rankings coming into this bout. Igarashi, who has had a stop-start career in recent times, will be looking to kick start his career which really has struggled to have momentum since losing the WBC title almost 4 years ago. Cartagena will be entering this bout 3-3 in his last 6, but does come into the bout on the back of a career best win over Joebert Alvarez, who he stopped inside a round last July.
The best of the supporting bouts will see the hotly tipped Shuya Masaki (6-0, 3) take on Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) in a delayed bout, that was originally scheduled for last year though had to be cancelled after Eto was forced to pull out of the bout. Masaki is tipped as one of the most promising fighters at the Teiken gym and is primed for big things, but this is a big step up for him and Eto, who has lost his last 2, will be looking to resurrect his career here. The bout is a key one for both men, and should be a thrilling one to watch.
Another supporting bout will see Yoshinobu Kakinaga (6-2, 2) take on 2016 Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year Ryoji Fukunaga (8-2, 8), one of two Super Rookie of the Year's on this card. The 30 year old Fukunaga will be fighting in his first 8 rounder and will be hoping that a win could move him, slowly, towards a Japanese title fight and we suspect that'll be where he and his team are looking for him to be in the next 24 months. As for Kakinaga the 23 year old will potentially see this bout as chance for him to move into the Japanese rankings and we're expecting a really exciting encounter here.
The other Super Flyweight Rookie of the Year on this card is 2015 winner Hayate Kaji (6-0, 5), who will be fighting in a relative stay busy fight against a Thai foe. We're hoping that Kaji will have a big 2017, but given he's a genuine youngster there is no need to rush him, and he's getting great gym time at the Teiken with the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka. Sadly for Kaji fans it does feel like a second successive stay busy fight, a shame for someone with his natural talented and power.
American fans will see exciting Filipino Mercito Gesta (29-1-2, 16) return to the ring as he takes on the big punching Gilberto Gonzalez (26-3, 22) in a tough looking Lightweight bout. The once touted Gesta will be ending an 18 month break from the ring and his stop-start career has been a thoroughly frustrating one that promised so much, but has delivered so little. Gonzalez is beatable, and this is a must win for Gesta, but the Mexican has the power and size to cause Gesta real problems.
In the Netherlands we'll see Azeri Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada (11-10, 4) battle unbeaten Dutch hopeful Steve Suppan (6-0-1, 4). Suppan, the UBO Youth champion at 140lbs, should be far too good for the Azeri. Although a journeyman Isgandarzada has shared the ring with a number of respectable names, including Viorel Simion, and will look to make the most of that experience here.
The month of June has started relatively slowly though this Saturday sees things heating up with a lot of action featuring Asian fighters, including notable bouts outside of Asia.
One of those notable bouts is set to take place in the UK where Thai veteran Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) faces former IBF Bantamweight champion Paul Butler (21-1, 12) in a bout for the WBO International Super Flyweight title, and a bout that could well set the winner on the way to facing world champion Naoya Inoue. For Petchbarngborn the bout sees him risking a 16 fight winning streak though he will be the clear under-dog and will be facing one of his best opponents to date. For Butler the bout is a step up in class, but one he will be strongly favoured to win.
Staying “on the road” Indonesian fighter Daud Yordan (35-3-0-1, 24) will be in Uruguay where he will face Argentinian fighter Cristian Rafael Coria (24-4-2, 9) in a bout for the “Interim” WBA International Lightweight title. Yordan should be the favourite here, but will be looking to do more than “just win” in what could potentially be a huge stepping stone towards a world title fight, later in the year.
Continuing with title action action outside of Asian fight fans in the US will see Filipino Jhon Gemino (13-6-1, 5) battle against the unbeaten, and heavy handed, Christian Gonzalez (13-0, 12) for the WBC Youth Lightweight title. This looks like a huge ask for Gemino but he will go in to the ring knowing that a win would open up some doors, and be a genuinely good win.
Quintana Roo, Mexico
One final bout of note outside of Asia will see former OPBF title challenger Jovylito Aligarbes (12-3, 6) face off against Edgar Jimenez (21-11-2, 15) in what looks like a well matched bout in Jimenez's homeland of Mexico.
As well as the bouts outside of Asia there is some interesting match ups in Asia.
One of those interesting match ups sees former world title challenger Daiki Kaneko (22-5-3, 15) battle against Ribo Takahata (12-6-1, 4), in what could see the winner move towards a title fight. On paper Kaneko should be strongly favoured however he has lost 3 of his last 6 and doesn't look like the fighter that many tipped to become a world champion, following his competitive bout with Takashi Uchiyama at the end of 2013.
Another really good bout will see Shingo Eto (17-4-1, 9) face the once beaten Masaru Sueyoshi (11-1, 7). Eto is the better known man here but he has lost twice in his last 5 bouts and knows that another loss here could be the end of his title dreams. For Sueyoshi the bout will see him going for a 9th straight win and build on victories over the likes of Yuta Nagai and Kazuma Sanpei. This could be the bout of the day and is really well matched.
Talking about the possible “bout of the day” it's hard not to get a little bit excited about seeing Kenji Ono (10-1, 5) face Takumi Suda (12-11-2, 3). The records may not suggest that this one will be anything special but Ono has been in a FOTY once already this year, his 8th round win over Jun Takigawa, and could be forced into a war here against the under-rated Suda.
Davao del Sur, Philippines
There's also action in the Philippines, though the matches here are mostly looking like mismatches.
The biggest of the mismatches sees former Filipino Light Welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (22-1, 15) battle against journeyman Rodel Wenceslao (11-11-1, 4). Cabalquinto was once tipped for big things but has seen his career flat line recently, despite that he should be far too good for Wenceslao here.
Thankfully there are some prospects on this card, despite them being in mismatches. One of those prospects is Genesis Libranza (9-0, 6) who looks to extend his perfect start as he battles veteran Jetly Purisima (21-18-4, 6). Although likely to be a mismatch this is a step up for Libranza and is the right way to move the promising 22 year “Cobra”.
Another prospect of note on this show is Lightweight hopeful Jayar Inson (10-0, 7), who faces Richard Betos (20-14-1, 7). This another “logical step” for a prospect, but one that doesn't look too exciting on paper. Inson has impressed in recent times and some are tipping him to fight for regional honours in the near future, he will however have to see off fighters like Betos if he's to progress to fighting for an OPBF title
This coming week kicks off in great fashion as the Korakuen Hall plays host to a really fantastic card courtesy of reason promotions who, once again, who just how good boxing can be when fighters want to prove themselves and match makers have foresight to put the fans first.
One of two main events will see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (13-0, 5) defending his title against the big punching Kenichi Ogawa (16-1, 14). Coming in to this one Naito is, on paper at least, on a great run with wins over the likes of Kento Mastushita, Shingo Eto, Masayuki Ito and Nihito Arakawa. Whilst that is a great run it should be noted that the fights were all close, much closer than the cards suggest, and Naito has had some questions raised about just how far he really can go. Ogawa comes in to this as a man who has beaten everyone he has faced, avenging his sole loss in just 134 seconds. Coming into this the challenger is riding an 8 fight T/KO run and full of confidence in his skills and his power. This really will be speed Vs power and could be a brilliant way to kick off a few weeks of insanely good action in Tokyo.
The other main event sees two former Naito foes going head to head as Masayuki Ito (17-1-1, 8) takes on Shingo Eto (17-3-1, 9) in the first defense of Ito's OPBF Super Featherweight title. Of the two fighters it's Ito who has impressed us the most so far, however this is a tough test for the 24 year old, who won the title stopping Dai Iwai in August. Eto is an under-rated fighter but may have the toughness and stamina to really push Eto all the way.
Interestingly all 4 men in the main bouts here are between 24 and 27 and are part of the new wave of Japanese Super Featherweights. It's hoped a unification will happen in 2016 though with fighters like Masao Nakamura waiting in the wings, it's fair to say there are other options in a very competitive division.
The main events are both great, but so to is the under-card which features several notable bouts, One of those will see former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe (8-2-1, 5) taking on Filipino visitor Ryan Bito (22-15-3, 8). The bout will be Tobe's first since he lost the Japanese title, in August 2014 to Sho Ishida, and he'll be hoping to avoid back-to-back defeats, however 16 months of inactivity will certainly not help him here. Bito will be coming into this one with a lack of former, including 7 losses in his last 8, however he will know what to expect from Tobe, with this being a rematch of their 2012 encounter, which Tobe won via unanimous decision. Tobe will be favoured but Bito will feel he has a point to prove and a great chance to avenge one of his losses.
Another undercard bout of note will see Japanese ranked Shuji Hamada (13-6-4, 2) battle against the once beaten Hiroaki Teshigawara (9-1-2, 4) in a brilliantly matched 8 round supporting match up. Last time out Teshigawara fought to a controversial draw with Hideo Sakamoto and is riding a 5 fight unbeaten run since his sole loss, more than 3 years ago. Hamada is 1-1-1 in his last 3, though those have been to capable fighters with his win coming last time out against Yota Hori, a win that got him his Japanese ranking. This really is a finely matched bout with the winner likely in the running for a Japanese title fight by the end of 2016.
Also on the under-card for this brilliant show is Shuichiro Yoshino (0-0) who makes his debut against Petchjah Sithphasean (0-4) in a 6 rounder. Yoshino was an amateur standout who is tipped to be the next star of the Misako gym. Whilst this bout isn't a tough one, especially not due to typical Misako standards, we are excited to see the 24 year old Welterweight kick off his life in the professional ranks.
The most notable Asian card of the day is Dangan134 which is being held at the Korakuen Hall and features 4 bouts of real note, including a Japanese title fight and an intriguing bout between relative novices.
The event of the card is the title bout which will see Takuya Kogawa (23-4, 13) battle against Hiroki Saito (9-4, 5) in a bout for the vacant Japanese Flyweight title. On paper it looks like a mismatch but the truth of the matter is that this is expected to be a very hard fought, exciting and competitive match up, possibly even the fight of the month. Stylistically Kogawa is always involved in fun fights and Saito has proven he's not a fan of taking a backwards step.
The chief support bout will see former Japanese Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (16-3-1, 9) battle against experienced Filipino Edgar Gabejan (27-31-6, 9). Again this looks like a mismatch on paper but Gabejan is much better than his record suggests and holds a very notable win over current OPBF champion Vinvin Rufino. This could turn out to be a very interesting and tough contest.
Another supporting bout will see the under-rated Hideo Sakamoto (16-1-2, 5) attempt to notch his 7th straight win as he takes on Hiroaki Teshigawara (9-1-1, 4), who has won his last 4. On paper this looks like an interesting match up but it's hard to imagine anything but a Sakamoto win as he moves towards a Japanese of OPBF title fight.
Former Sakamoto foe Ryoichi Tamura (3-2-1, 1) is also on this card in a fantastic match up against Yusuke Suzuki (6-1, 4). This bout won't appeal to many outside of the hardcore Japanese domestic fans but it has the potential to be a genuine barn burner between two talented and over-looked fighters who could well both go on to advance to title level over the coming years. This really is a mouth watering bout for those who look beyond the “records” of fighters.
As well as the show in Tokyo there is also one in Osaka. This card is much weaker but does have an interesting main event as recent Japanese title challenger Atsushi Aburada (10-7, 6) takes on Tetsuya Hisada (22-9-2, 12). On paper Hisada has the better record however he has struggled in recent times, with just 2 wins in his last in his last 7, Aburada on the other hand is coming in on an exceptional win win over Takeru Kamikubo.
Pathhum Thani, Thailand
We also get a relatively interesting bout from Thailand as Nawaphon Por Chokchai (28-0, 21) defends his WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight against Filipino foe Wiljan Ugbaniel (13-3-1, 4). Nawaphon hasn't impressed us in the way his record would suggest however he should over-come Ugbaniel, who was stopped last time out by Melvin Gumban.
In Yemen fans will get the chance to see the charismatic Hani Ansi (22-0-1, 20) take on an as yet un-named opponent for the UBO Super Flyweight title. From what we understand this was supposed to be the much anticipated Ansi Vs Ali Raymi bout, though Raymi's untimely passing left Ansi's team struggling to find a replacement foe.
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The busy level of activity continues on Sunday with a trio of Japanese shows
The most notable the 3 Japanese cards comes from Tokyo where fans get the next Dangan show, and it's a really good looking one despite the fact that the top bouts are only 8 rounders.
The main event here will see former Japanese title challenger Shingo Eto (15-3-1, 9) battle against Tomoya Yamada (12-5, 3). Coming in Eto is risking his Japanese Super Featherweight ranking and although he'll be favoured to win it does need saying that Yamada scored a major win last time out, out pointing Akihiro Kondo last December. This is genuine an intriguing contest between two fighters who know that a win could help propel them towards a title fight.
The chief support bout will see Filipino Flyweight Ardin Diale (27-9-3, 14) return to the Korakuen Hall for the first time since his dramatic loss to Koki Eto last June. Diale, who is 4-0 (4) since that loss, will be battling Japanese ranked Flyweight Yuta Matsuo (7-1-1, 4). This is a really good match up, possibly better than the main event, and could see Matsuo leaping towards an OPBF title bout or Diale taking a huge step towards getting a rematch with Eto. Fantastic bout.
A third 8 rounder will come at Super Featherweight where Takumi Koyama (9-3-1, 7) battles against Spice Matsuhsita (13-8, 2). Koyama was beaten last time out by Dai Iwai though, at 24, he's still getting better and has the potential to move into title level down the line. Matsushita on the other hand is 32 and fighting for his career, he's much more experienced but really cannot afford another loss if he's ever going to get a title bout
Another very interesting bout here is a 6 rounder between the hard hitting and exciting Daigo Higa (4-0, 4) and Filipino foe Virden Rivera (8-1-1, 2). We're fans of Higa and feel like he has a lot of potential, especially given that he's just 19, and this is the logical step forward against the once beaten Rivera.
The main event here will see Eita Kikuchi (16-4-4, 7) battle against the limited Keita Ito (8-19-2, 4). Coming in to the bout Kikuchi is ranked by the JBC and is less than 2 years removed from an OPBF title fight against Shingo Wake, in which he was stopped in 9 rounds. Ito on the other hand has lost his last 7 bouts and won just 1 of his last 13, suggesting he has the role of a patsy here for Kikuchi.
In the chief support bout fans will see the unbeaten Shohei Kawashima (9-0-2, 2) battle against Yuta Sasaki (6-6, 1). Coming in to this bout Kawashima is ranked by the JBC and had a stellar 2014 as he won the Rookie of the Year at Super Bantamweight this however is a step up in class, despite the fact Sasaki's record doesn't suggest that he's anything special. Sasaki has certainly been in the tougher bouts and could well use his experience to really test the unbeaten 23 year old.
The other main support bout will see Kazuki Hashimoto (10-4, 6) battle against Chikashi Hayashizaki (6-4-1, 2). On paper this looks like a mismatch however Hayashizaki is on a 2 fight winning streak against good opponents and is significantly better than his record suggests. We'd not be shocked if this was very close over the scheduled 8 rounds.
In Hiroshima fans will get a card consisting of 10 bouts in total. Unfortunately from those 10 bouts only 2 are worth really noting.
One of those bouts is the main event which will see OPBF and Filipino ranked Light Flyweight Benezer Alolod (16-6-5, 5) battle against Japan's Koji Itagaki (13-9-2, 6). Alolod comes in to this bout on the back of a razor thin loss to Renren Tesorio though he has previously scored notable wins against the likes of Rey Loreto, Jerson Mancio, Jomar Fajardo and Tesorio. As for Itagaki he has won just 1 of his last 6 bouts and we'd be surprised by anything but an Alolod win.
The other 8 rounder will see Ryuji Ikeda (8-2-1, 4) battle against the experienced Kosuke Iwashita (14-17-2, 8). The 19 year old Ikeda has won his last 2 bouts, following a stoppage loss to Kenta Onjo in April 2014, whilst Iwashita has won just one of his last 8 dating back more than 3 years. It's again a fight that seems predictable, though given his age we won't complain about Ikeda getting a few easy ones at this stage in his career.
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Hwacheon, South Korea
For the second in the space of just a few days action is in South Korea, this time however it's a KBF sanctioned card and a very interesting looking one at that with Japanese, Thai and Korean fighters all in action and with titles up for grabs.
One of the main events will see Japanese youngster Takumi Sakae (10-0, 6), the WBA #11 ranked Minimumweight, battle against Thailand's Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (4-2, 2) for the IBF Youth Light Flyweight title. Sakae will be fighting outside of Japan for the first time as a professional and is tipped as a hot prospect in the lower weights, as for Jaipetch he'll be hoping to record a third successive win after suffering losses to bother Jonathan Taconing and Denver Cuello last year.
Another of the main events will see Takuya Watanabe (22-5-1, 10) fighting on the road for the 4th time in less than a year. Watanabe, who was memorably in a blood bath in Korea last year with Jaesung Lee, will be fighting against Thailand's Non Sithsaithong (12-6, 8). For Watanabe this will be the first defence of his IBF Asia title that he won last year when he stopped Yodpichai Sithsaithong, also in Korea.
A third major bout will see Shingo Eto (14-3-1, 9) fighting against former OPBF Featherweight title challenger Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (15-6, 4) in a bout for the IBF Asia Super Featherweight title. For Eto this is his first bout since his loss to Rikki Naito in a Japanese title fight and despite that loss he will have to start as a huge favourite here.
As well as those 3 bouts there will be a number of bouts on the undercard, albeit at a much lower level.
Misamis Oriental, Philippines
As well as the show in South Korea there will also be a small show in the Philippines.
The most interesting bout here will see Jerry Tomogdan (15-5-2, 8) battle against the unbeaten Joey Canoy (8-0-1, 3) for the Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) Minimumweight title. It's not a bout that will set the winner on the road to a world title bout but it will be a significant bout domestically and could potentially move the winner towards an OPBF title fight later in the year.
The biggest name on the card is the criminally under-rated Adones Aguelo (23-10-2, 15) battles against the very mis-matched William George (10-20, 3). We like Aguelo, a lot, and hope to see him in much better fighters through out the year.
Sadly this show appears to have another mismatch on it as Renoel Pael (15-1-1, 6) battles against the horribly matched Nicardo Calamba (6-18-3, 3) in what appears to be a very poor match and also the show's main event.
This coming week kicks off with a pair of Japanese domestic cards at varying levels. One is a very interesting show with several bouts of note whilst the other has a trio of interesting, though much lower level, contests.
The more significant of the two Japanese cards comes from Tokyo as we get the next Dangan show.
This one is headlined by a very interesting Japanese Featherweight title bout as the defending champion, the unbeaten Rikki Naito (10-0, 5), attempts to over-come Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9) and record his second defense of the belt. Naito, the young son of former Japanese and OPBF champion Cassius Naito, has looked like a quickly improving fighter however Eto cannot be written, especially considering the heart his brothers Taiki and Koki Eto have shown. This bout may not be a world class bout but it's an excellent domestic title bout and one that certainly will help the winner advance to a higher level. Strangely however the winner will only be regarded as the #4 guy at Super Featherweight in Japan, well behing world champions Takashi Uchiyama, the WBA champion, and WBC champion Takashi Miura as well as the exceptional Daiki Kaneko.
A second notable bout on this card will see former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (11-3, 10) battling against the upset minded Hideo Sakamoto (14-1-2, 4). Shiino, who currently holds a world ranking with the WBC, will be looking to record his second win since losing his OPBF title to Ryosuke Iwasa late last year however Sakamoto comes into this bout on a 4 fight winning streak and he is certainly not a bad fighter himself and will know there is a lot to gain from a win here.
The third bout of note here, and possibly the most exciting of the bunch, comes at Middleweight where former amateur star Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) takes on the heavy handed and nationally ranked Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4). Fukumoto may be inexperienced as a professional but he's very heavy handed and this is a baptism of fire for Kamikawa who knows a win could fast track him towards a title fight. Excellent match even if it is a very tough assignment for the debutant.
The other Japanese card is from the Sangyo Shinko Center in Osaka where we get a much lesser card but one which still has a few interesting bouts.
The main event will see former OPBF female Light Flyweight champion Nana Yoshikawa (3-0, 1) attempt to continue her climb through the rankings she takes on Thai visitor Kledpetch KKP (6-3, 1), who is best known for losing to Shingo Go in a WBC female Flyweight title fight earlier this year. If Yoshikawa can score a very impressive victory here it's likely she'll be moved towards a world title fight in 2015, she's not ready yet but she may be by the end of next year.
In the chief support bout former OPBF title challenger Eita Kikuchi (14-4-4, 6) will battle against the heavy handed Toshiya Yokogawa (6-6-1, 5). Kikuchi is best known for being stopped by current OPBF champion Shingo Wake and since then he has suffered another stoppage loss. With Yokogawa's power we know that the "under-dog" could score a stoppage but he is pretty limited himself and has lost 2 of his last 3 at a lower level to what Kikuchi has been fighting at.
A third 8 rounder on this show will see the experienced Shota Kawaguchi (17-5-1, 7) battle against the light hitting Kosuke Isono (7-2-1, 1). Neither of these two have fought a notable opponent but they'll be hoping that a win could set them up for a run on the domestic rankings. If they can get into the top 15 then there is a chance they will get a notable bout in the near future.
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This coming Friday might not have any world title fights but it's certainly a busy day with numerous meaningful fights spread all across Asia.
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
The most notable fight is in Thailand as Thong Sithluangphophun (9-0, 6) looks to defend his PABA Featherweight title against Indonesia's Yakobus Heluka (7-7). Heluka comes in to this bout following 3 successive losses and it's hard to see him surviving with Thong here, especially considering that Thong has stopped his last 4 opponents in a combined 14 rounds, including a 3rd round KO of Tony Arema.
In Hyogo Shinsei will putting on 7 bout card which will feature several ranked fighters, many of which will be from the Philippines.
One of those Filipino's will be Renren Pasignahin (6-3-1, 2) who will be looking to upset the fast rising and much touted Shun Kubo (4-0, 3), who his himself ranked by the OPBF. Pasignahin has lost 3 of his past 4 bouts but they have included decision losses to the very talented Michael Dasmarinas and the very talented Nop Kratingdaenggym. Kubo should be favoured but Pasignahin is not a patsy.
The chief support bout will see another ranked Filipino, the GAB #7 ranked Flyweight, Renoel Pael (13-1-1, 5) taking on heavy handed Japanese fighter Yuki Yonaha (3-1, 3). Going in to this bout the 23 year old Yonaha has never lost to a foreign fighter, though he was beaten last time out by domestic rival Takayuki Okumoto in what was a minor upset. This is another bout with the home fighter at risk of losing, especially considering how Pael's only loss was a highly controversial one in Thailand to the highly experienced Noknoi Sitthiprasert. Credit where it's due, this is a great match up.
Another of the supporting bouts will see heavy handed, though not as good as his record suggests, Kota Fukuoka (15-4-2, 12) fighting against former OPBF title challenger Jhunriel Ramonal (13-7-4, 7). On paper this looks well matched but Ramonal has won just 1 of his last 7, being stopped in 3 and suffering a trio of technical draws. We think Fukuoka has to be fancied but we don't imagine this will be as good as the aforementioned bout.
One more bout of note from this card will see Ryuya Yamanaka (7-1, 2) fighting against the highly experienced Filipino Roque Lauro (10-16-4, 2). Yamanaka is a 19 year old who has shown some promise but did look very frail when he was stopped inside a round by Kenta Shimizu back in April. Lauro won't have the power to hurt Yamanaka but will ave the toughness and skills to give him a hard bout. Interestingly Lauro has managed to see the final bell against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, something he managed last September, an excellent feat for any fighter never mind a journeyman.
Whilst Shinsei have a great card in Hyogo it's fair to say that SGS Gym have an equally good one in Tokyo and in fact we believe this one will be stream by the Gushinken ustream channel.
In total this show will have 10 bouts but there are only 3 that fans will really have any interest in. The first of those will see the free swinging Taiki Eto (12-3, 9) taking on Thailand's Brukluk Kor Narong Service (0-1). Eto is one of the 3 brothers who are all managed by SGS gym though to many fans he's the most limited. So far Eto has lost in OPBF and Japanese title challenger, he shouldn't however come up short here against a Thai that lasted less than 2 rounds in his only previous contest, despite that bout being against current Japanese Super Flyweight champion Sho Ishida.
The second bout of note will see there always fun to watch Akinori Watanabe (30-4, 26) battling against Thailand's Chatchai Sithsaithong (8-3, 6). Watanabe is heavy handed and really should make light work of his Thai opponent here especially when you consider that Chatchai is naturally smaller and has lost his last 3 bouts in a combined 10 rounds. This really should be a blow out victory for Watanabe though we have seen the Japanese fighter show issues with his own durability in the past, including his loss with Tsuyoshi Kamiishi.
In the main event Shingo Eto (13-2-1, 8) will be fighting a Thai who we believe is Arnon Sithsaithong (0-0). From what we understand a win for Eto here will see him moved on to a title fight next time out, probably against unbeaten Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito.
Metro Manilla, Philippines
In the Philippines we have another very interesting card that may well be over-looked by many fans though promises a lot of explosive action.
The most explosive bout here is likely to be the 12 round main event which will see unbeaten power punchers colliding. One of those men will be Filipino Richard Claveras (8-0-2, 8) whilst the other will be Thai teenager Sangthong Chor Pakdee (4-0, 4). Whilst the men both bring unbeaten records and a lot of power with them they will also be bringing a lot of desire as the winner will claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title. At he moment Claveras is the defending champion though his belt, and unbeaten record, are under threat here.
As well as the main event the under-card looks interesting with one bout in particular catching our eye. That's the bout between the heavy handed and all action Warlito Parrenas (20-6, 18) and the experienced Richard Garcia (25-19-1, 7). We really like Parrenas and although he's limited he's incredibly heavy handed and very much a fighter who looks for excitement, in fact we'd go as far as to say that Parrenas shadow boxing would be more fun to watch than many televised fights. With his power and aggression we'd be shocked if Parrenas doesn't walk through Garcia here.
In a female title bout fans will get the chance to see Momoko Kanda (6-6-2) battle against Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (2-2, 1) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Minimumweight title. Kanda beat Nongnun back in June for the title and this will be her first defence.
In the US we will see the promising Bahodir Mamadjonov (16-1, 11) in action as he battles the experienced Osumanu Akaba (31-5-1, 24). Mamadjonov, from Uzbekistan, should easily overcome Akaba though we're unsure why Mamadjonov isn't fighting at Lightweight or Light Welterweight, weights which we think suit him a lot more than Light Middleweight. We know it may just be a case of ticking over but at 135lbs he has the potential to be a real force so it'd be nice to see him back down there.
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