There isn't much action this coming Sunday but what there is is pretty important as fans in Kyoto get the chance to see a female world title fight. The bout in question will see former WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (14-1-1, 7) battle against former OPBF female Super Flyweight champion Tamao Ozawa (12-3, 4). The two women will be battling for the vacant WBO female Light Flyweight, which was vacated earlier this year by Louisa Hawton.
Sadly other than the main event, the rest of the card is very, very poor.
A second show from Japan is again a low key affair but it does have a notable main event as Japanese ranked Minimumweight contender Naoyo Haruguchi (12-7, 6) takes on Norihito Tanaka (15-5, 8). Haruguchi, who has won his last 4, will be risking his JBC ranking here and will know that a loss will set back his dreams of fighting for a Japanese title. As for Tanaka the bout will see him fight for just the second time in 5 years, following a successful ring return in February.
In the lead support bout fans will see female fighter Miyo Yoshida (6-1) battle against Filipino visitor Kim Actub (4-7-1, 3) in an 8 rounder. This should be an interesting test for Yoshida, especially given the fact Actub did give Ayumi Goto a good test earlier this year.
April 29th is an incredibly busy day through Asia with fights all over the continent.
In Chongqing Chinese fans get an interesting card courtesy of Zowi boxing. The card isn't the biggest but it is an interesting one with several notable bouts.
The main event will see the unbeaten Bai Shan Bo (7-0-1, 4) battle against Filipino Nelson Tinampay (9-2-1, 4) for the WBC youth 140lb title. This will be Bo's first defense of the title, that he won in February when he stopped Tackie Annan inside a round. If Bo is as good as touted he should win this one, but it is a step up in class for him and Tinampay is no push over.
In an under-card bout fans will see unbeaten Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (4-0, 2) continue his tour of Asia as he faces the highly experienced Indonesian Ricky Manufoe (24-24-3, 10). Bolivar will be fighting in his fourth Asian bout and should over-come the Indonesian journeyman, who has struggled for wins in recent years and suffered losses regularly on the road.
Another under-card bout on this card will see Xing Xin Yang (10-4-2, 7) battle against Takamori Akita (10-5-1, 8) in a bout for the PABA and WBC ABC Continental Welterweight titles. On paper this looks a brilliantly matched bout, and whilst neither is likely to go far in the sport we are glad to see an even looking match up.
Staying in China their will also be a Fists of Fury card promoted by SECA and Top Rank. The card, like the other Fists of Fury, will feature novices each looking to become the latest Chinese fighter to catch the attention of Top Rank who could bring put them on to higher profile cards in the future.
Yesan, South Korea
In South Korea fight fans will see a WIBA Light Flyweight title bout as Su-Yun Hong (13-1-1, 7) faces experienced Filipino Jujeath Nagaowa (13-16-1, 8). This will be Hong's 4th defense of the title and looks to be her most difficult assignment since her 2014 loss to Mako Yamada, in a bout that saw Hong lose the WBO female Minimumweight title.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Fans in Metro Manila get a title double-header.
In a bout for the PBF Bantamweight title fans will see the very talented Michael Dasmarinas (23-2, 15) battle against Jecker Buhawe (16-11-1, 10). We rate Dasmarinas very highly and see him easily over-coming Buhawe here, especially given that Buhawe is 2-4 in his last 6 and hasn't fought in the last 12 months.
The other bout is a PBF Super Featherweight title fight which will see the under-rated Vergil Puton (15-7, 7) battle the puncher Marbon Bodiongan (12-4-2, 10). Puton has lost 4 of his last 5 but has been competitive in all 4 losses and he really is a credible opponent. For Bodiongan, who has lost 3 of his last 4, this is a very tricky match up and it's be a surprise if he was to win.
In Osaka Japanese fans get a small but notable card.
In the main event fans will see Shota Kawaguchi (18-7-1, 8) battle Filipino visitor Jonathan Francisco (8-5-1, 2). This will be Kawaguchi's third successive bout against a Filipino, following back to back losses to Sonny Boy Jaro, and he has actually lost 3 of his last 4. For Francisco this bout sees him return to Japan for his second bout in the country, following a technical draw last year against Toshiyuki Igarashi.
In a supporting bout fans will see former world title challenger Nana Yoshikawa (5-1, 3) battle against a Thai opponent. This is thought to be a title prelude for Yoshikawa who will be getting a title fight later in the year.
There is also action in Jakarta where the vacant Indonesia Boxing Association (IBA) Super Bantamweight title will be on the line as the unbeaten Semly Mau (3-0) faces off against Celvin Joe (2-3-1). Mau is thought to have debuted in 2013, though of course Indonesian records are known to be regularly incomplete, and scored a notable win over Erick Deztroyer back in 2014. As for Joe we believe he comes into this on the back of back-to-back defeats, including a loss Mike Tawatchai, though those losses were back in 2012 and 2013.
So there we go, Christmas has been and whilst we wish you all had a great one boxing does continue and continues in style with December 27th being the first really notable day post Christmas.
Attention turns back to Kyoto for one of a multitude of Japanese sjhows.
The main match up here is possibly the fight of the day and sees a youngster look to establish himself a genuine star in the making. That youngster is Ken Shiro (5-0, 2) who will be taking a huge step up in class to face Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (30-13-1, 7). The bout is Ken Shiro's first bout against the best in Japan but he has looked brilliant so far into his career whilst Horikawa will be defending his title for the first time since his emphatic win over Shin Ono back in September. This really could be something very special.
The only supporting bout worth noting here will see Atsushi Aburada (10-8, 6) battle against Takahiro Murai (11-6-2, 4) in what looks like a really good match up. Aburada has gone 3-3 in his last 6, but those losses have included a defeat in a Japanese title fight and a loss to the solid Tetsuya Hisada. Murai has never been stepped and will see this as a great opportunity to claim a Japanese ranking, though will know that Aburada is a tough test. A really good bit of match making has gone in to this one.
The first of two Osaka shows is the more notable with a title fight and a bout featuring a former world title challenger.
In the main event of this one fans will get the chance to see Japanese Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (27-8-3, 9) defending his title against multi-time challenger Koshinmaru Saito (22-7-1, 12). On paper this is genuinely a great bout, though one that Nonaka should win given his more intelligent boxing. Given that both fighters are well in to their 30's this is a must win to keep their careers alive and we expect a very good bout, even if it's not likely to lead either man to a bigger and better fight down the line.
The only supporting bout worth mentioning here will see former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-13-1, 10) battle against Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (22-12, 10). Whilst both men have got double figure losses both are talented fighters and both tend to be in entertaining bouts suggesting that this really could be the bout of the day. Both have lost to their best opponents but they are about the same level and could potentially put on a barn burner
The second of the Osaka shows comes after the first, in the same venue and it put on by Hiroki Ioka Promotions
The main event here will see world ranked Featherweight contender Hiroshige Osawa (28-3-4, 17) in a 10 round bout. Osawa, a former OPBF champion, will be hoping to record his 7th straight stoppage win and continue an unbeaten run that began back in 2009. Talented but yet frustrating Osawa seems to be a man who has wasted the last few years, with suspension and mismatches, but hopefully we'll see him kick on in 2016.
The co-feature bout will see former world title challenger Pablo Carrillo (17-4-1, 10) take on Thai visitor Jaipetch Chaiyonggym (5-4, 1). Carrillo, who fought Kazuto Ioka in 2014, is now based in Japan and will be making his debut as a Japanese based fighter with the hope of moving towards a world title shot in the future. This however is just stay busy for the Colombia, who has fought just once this year.
A final bout from this card worth noting sees the Japanese ranked Kosuke Saka (11-3, 8) in action. This bout was put together on late notice after Saka had a bout with Andres Gutierrez fall through earlier in the year.
Another Japanese card comes from Hyogo where Taisei hope to show case some of their most notable fighters.
The most notable of those Taisei gym fighters is Riku Kano (7-1-1, 4) who takes on former world title challenger Pigmy Kokietgym (58-8-2, 23). Pigmy is currently world ranked and it's cleat that Kano's team are looking at this bout as a chance to get their man into the world rankings as quickly as possible, with their task being to get him a world title fight before the year is out. The match up is however a risky one and Pigmy cannot be written off, despite a recent defeat to Jaysever Abcede.
Another notable bout featuring a Taisei fighter will see Hiroki Taniguchi (6-7-1, 2) battle against the Japanese ranked Toshimasa Ouchi (18-8-3, 5) . This is a really harsh match up for Taniguchi, who has won just 1 of his last 6, but it's the sort of match up that sums up the Taisei gym, where they don't protect their fighters just for the sake of it. Ouchi will be the big favourite here, but has lost 2 of his last 4 and will likely be seeing this as a confidence builder.
Tokyo also gets some action with a small show courtesy of Hanagata.
The main event of this card sees Japanese ranked Bantamweight Yuta Saito (8-7-2, 6) battle against Yoshiyuki Takabayashi (8-6, 3) in a strangely well matched bout. Although ranked by the JBC Saito has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6, though did beat Keita Nakana in that win and has generally been competitive despite piling up the losses. Takabayashi however is 3-3 in his last 6, though has been fighting at a higher weight and could well bee too physical for Saito. This isn't a top tier bout, but it is an intriguing one.
A second bout of note here is a female bout that sees former world title challenger Saemi Hanagata (10-6-2, 4) battle against Chie Higano (4-3, 1). In all honesty this looks like a stay busy fight for Hanagata who will likely be hoping to have another world title fight in 2016. Higano should prove no threat for Hanagata but could go the distance.
Seoul, South Korea
The day also features a KBF show in the Korean capital
The main event here sees former WBO world champion Su Yun Hong (12-1-1, 6) battle against Chinese visitor Jian Li Liu (6-0-1, 3)*. The bout is a WIBF Light Flyweight title defense for Hong, who claimed the title last year and will be hoping to record the third defense of the belt. Although talented Hong's run of recent opposition has been poor and we hope in 2016 she will step it up, significantly.
The most interesting of the match ups sees former OPBF Super Bantamweight challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-3-1, 6) battle against Jason Egera (21-15, 10). For Paypa this is his first bout since he was stopped, way back in February, by Shingo Wake. He'll be looking for a win though does appear set to move up in weight to Featherweight for this match up. Whilst Paypa was beaten last time out it does need to be said that Egera has lost his last 7 with 4 of those coming by stoppage.
The other 10 rounder will see 19 year old hopeful Elmo Traya (9-1, 7) battle against the out of form Gabriel Royo (10-13-2, 8). Traya comes in to this on an 8 fight winning run whilst Royo is 1-6 in his last 7 bouts, dating back just over 2 years.
*Record reported by the KBF
This coming Saturday is a hectic day in Asian boxing with a lot of action across the continent.
Wanju, South Korea
In Wanju Korean fans will get two shows both under the auspices of the KBF. One of those will be a rookie card, of which we're lacking details but do know of it's existence. The other is a card headlined by a female world title bout.
The female world title bout will see WIBA Light Flyweight champion Su Yun Hong (11-1-1, 5) face Thailand's Namwaan Sithpracha (7-1, 4) in what looks a good match up on paper. It does need to be said however that Namwaan hasn't beaten an opponent with a single win and is unlikely to claim a win here.
Also on this card will be Filipino fighters Ernie Sanchez (14-6-1, 5) and Christine Latube (1-6-2) who will be faking Ji-Hoon Cha (1-3) and Chan-Mi Lim (0-1) respectively.
Yangju, South Korea
A third card in Korea, this time a KBC show, will feature a number of novices.
For us the most interesting bout on the card will see Woo Min Kim (1-1-1) battle against Korean based Canadian Andrew (0-1), who was spectacularly knocked out by Jin Soo Kim back in May, in what we still have as a KO of the year contender.
A bout between unbeaten fighters will see Hyun Min Gang (1-0, 1) take on Sung Koo Han (0-0-1) in an interesting looking 4 rounder
Earlier this month we saw one of Indonesia's shining lights, Iwan Zoda, claim a major win. Now we get the chance to see another of the countries few exciting prospect in action as Tibo Monabesa (7-0, 3) faces the experienced Ichal Tobida (12-15, 8). This is a good test for Monabesa, who is already a 2-weight champion champion in Indonesia, and hopefully a win here will see him begin to move beyond domestic level.
Another bout on this card will see Waldo Sabu (6-2, 1) face Thailand's Keanpetch Manoprungroj (4-4, 2) in a 10 round bout. Sabu was last seen, according to boxrec.com, last October beating Rasmanudin in what looked like a good win at the time, though Rasmanudin has since gone 1-4, with 3 stoppage losses and appears to be a totally spent force.
The Manado card is one of two cards from Indonesia with the other taking place in Jakarta.
The most notable bout on this card is a bout between veterans as local veteran Falazona Fidal (25-43-1, 8) takes on well traveled Thai Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth (21-12-1, 14). On paper it's easy to back the Thai, who at least has a winning record, but he has won just 1 of his last 4, against a win-less fighter. Khunkiri has the better record but it is a very padded records and hasn't got many wins of note.
Another bout that caught our eye from this card will see the debuting Mark Scheide (0-0) battle former English Cricketer Adam Hollioake (2-2, 1). Hollioake, who previously played international level cricket for England, will be fighting for the first time outside of his adopted Australia. This will be one of three Heavyweight bouts on this card.
Gauteng, South Africa
In South Africa fans will get the chance to see Kazakhstan's exciting Roman Zhailauov (15-0, 9) take on the interesting challenger of Thompson Mokwana (20-10-1, 12). On paper this looks a good step up bout for the Kazakh though one he should make successfully given that Mokwana has lost his last two and not won a bout since December 2013. Although not the best fighter Mokwana has only been stopped once and may have the toughness to test the Kazakh Kid.
There is also set to be a card in the Philippines, albeit a very low level one.
The most notable bout on the card will the once beaten JR Magboo (16-1-2, 7) attempt to bounce back from his first loss as he takes on the experienced but limited Richard Garcia (25-22-1, 7). This is an easy ask for Magboo who was narrowly beaten by Jhon Gemino last December and Garcia shouldn't pose any threat at all.
One other bout of note will see Vincent Bautista (3-2-3, 1) go up against Oliver Gregorio (9-5-2, 5) in what looks to be a well matched, though low level, bout. Both guys have marks on their record but both should bring it here and provide a great 10 rounds of action.
Jeongseon, South Korea
Action returns to south Korea this coming Thursday with a 10 bout card courtesy of Buffalo Promotions and World Promotions.
The main bout, which we've been told will be televised by MBC in South Korea, will see former WBO Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (9-1-1, 5)** battling for the WIBA Light Flyweight title. At the moment we've not got the name of Hon'g opponent and even though we asked WIBA president Ryan Wissow it seems unlikely we'll actually know until the two women step in the ring together. What we do know however is that Hong needs a win here following a loss, a decision to Mako Yamada, and a draw, to Dan-Bi Kim, in her last 2 bouts.
We suspect that the main support bout will see Korea's Woo-Shin Kim (5-1-1, 2)** battle against Japanese visitor Ryo Okayama (8-3, 5), who will be entering this bout after back-to-back stoppages losses to Koji Numata, late last year, and Yuki Nonaka, earlier this year. Although the edge in experience lies with the Japanese fighter we do suspect that home advantage for Kim will help him and this could be a very interesting contest for those in the venue.
We have also been informed that Hyun-Kyum Park (6-0, 3)** will be in action against Joo-Young Kim (2-0-2, 1)** in what appears to be an interesting bout between unbeaten fighters each looking to move towards a national title fight, even if they will need to wait for that opportunity.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
**records taken from KBF website and not boxrec.com
Boxing in South Korea is certainly not what it once was. Last year saw the first male world title fight in the country for the better part of a decade and it's hard to see the country ever having another era like the Korean Golden Age that spanned from the 1970's to the 1990's. Thankfully though their is still some interest in boxing in the country and that comes to fore this weekend with a brilliant title triple header.
South Korea, Chuncheon
With the card dubbed as "Boxing Big Match in Chuncheon" one might have been expecting a major fight. That's not to say we don't have an important fight but it's not one that many would view as "big". Thankfully we'll admit we're very excited by the card which is headlined by WBO female Minimumweight champion Su-Yun Hong (9-0, 5), pictured, defending her title for the third time.
Hong, one of only a handful of recognisable names in Korean boxing, will be hoping to over-come fellow unbeaten fighter Mako Yamada (6-0, 2) from Japan. The bout, which comes almost 6 months after Hong's last contest, promises to be one of the toughest bouts the champion has ever been in and we'd be shocked if she has an easy time with the 19 year old challenger.
As well as the female world title bout, which is the highlight of the show, we also get two Korean national title fights.
One of the national title fights sees Jong-Min Jung (4-6, 1) defending his South Korean Bantamweight title against the once beaten Ye-Joon Kim (6-1-2, 1). This bout has "distance fight" written all over it though should prove to be a compelling contest with two men wanting to battle to call themselves the national champion.
Whilst the Hong/Yamada and Jung/Kim fights both seem likely to go the schedule our other Korean title fight, which sees Taek-Min Kim (15-6, 10) defending his Korean Light Welterweight title against the unbeaten Ja-Ik Goo (2-0, 2), is very unlikely to go the schedule. To date Goo has never gone beyond a round whilst Kim has 10 stoppage wins and has been stopped in 2 of his last 3 contests. To us this looks like the most exciting clash on the card and if Goo wins he could well announce himself as the next big think in Korean boxing with his power and finishing instincts.