Attention is split this coming Sunday with two Asian shows, the most notable which takes place in Pattaya in Thailand and is a card with a really international feel with fighters from all over the globe taking part.
The main event will see Malaysian based Uzbek Anvar Turapov (3-1, 2) take on Filipino foe Roberto Gonzales (28-5, 17) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title. On paper this looks like a mismatch, with a huge gulf in experience between the two men, but the reality is that Turapov, even with a loss, is a highly regarded prospect. Gonzalez has one of the sports most padded records and given that Gonzalez has been stopped in 3 of his last 4, we wonder what his ambition is like here. We wouldn't be surprised at Gonzalez looking for a way out when the pressure amps up.
Another title bout on this card will see the unbeaten Thai based Englishman Michael Alan Flannery (5-0, 5) battle Thai local Uthit Punsen (20-5, 11) for the lightly regarded ABF Middleweight title. Flannery, originally from Ormskirk in England, has scored 5 blow out wins in Thailand already, including 3 already this year. This is a step up for the Englishman but we are expecting him to quickly take out his Thai foe, who has already been stopped in 4 of his 5 losses.
Flannery isn't the only fighter with a 100% KO rate on this card, with Malaysian puncher Muhamad Farkhan (9-0, 9) looking to extend his perfect start against Indonesian veteran Alexander Bajawa (43-8-4, 16). On paper this looks a really good test for Farkhan, however the 37 year old Bajawa has been stopped in 7 of his 8 losses and been stopped 5 times in the last 3 years, including a 3rd round loss to Farkhan last December.
As well as the two title bouts we've already mentioned there will be two other minor title bouts, though neither of these are hugely exciting on paper. One will see Murodjon Yokubov (2-0, 1) against 37 year old Thai loser Thongchai Kunram (7-17, 3) whilst the other will have Vaibhav Singh Yadav (5-1, 3) up against Phongsathon Sompol (11-6, 6).
Ulsan, South Korea
The card in Korea is must less deep, but does feature an interesting Korean hopeful in the main event.
The notable hopeful is Korean Middleweight Sung Jae Jo (8-0, 6), who risks his unbeaten record against Thai foe Somprasong Chuenchana (12-15-1, 3). The unbeaten 23 year old Korean is a genuine talent, but has a lot of developing to do if he's to reach his potential. He needs bouts like this to develop his experience, but we don't expect him to be tested too much here.
In a good supporting bout we'll see Ki Chang Go (6-3, 2) take on Joo Ho Lee (5-3-1) in an all-Korean bout at Super Flyweight. Of the two men Go is the more well known, though he is best known for being stopped earlier this year by Masahiro Sakamoto. Lee on the other hand has never fought outside of Korea, though will fancy his chances to score a career best win here.
This coming Sunday isn't a big day in Asian boxing but there is a pretty notable KBF card in Korea with a double feature.
One of the two major bouts will see Japanese puncher Masamichi Yabuki (7-3, 7) battle #1 ranked Korean contender Min Chul Bae (5-1-1, 4). This bout is being sold as an OPBF ranking match, suggesting the winner will take a huge step towards an OPBF title fight. We've been impressed by Yabuki, despite losses to Daniel Matellon and Seigo Yuri Akui in 2018, and he is a really talented boxer-puncher. We've not seen much of Bae but the 29 year old has won last 2 bouts by stoppage and will fancy himself to see off Yabuki, in what could be a firefight.
The other notable bout on this card will see KBF Middleweight champion Sung Jae Jo (7-0, 6) defending his title against Gyung Mo Yuh (3-5-3), in what appears to be little more than a mismatch in favour of the hard hitting and unbeaten champion. Despite being unbeaten the 23 year old champion hasn't really been tested yet, with only a single opponent lasted more than 4 rounds with him. The challenger is a natural welterweight, who has avoided defeat in his last 3 bouts, but has done little to suggest he's going to be a real test here.
The Deagu card isn't the only Korean card for the day, as there's also one in Seoul. This one is a card full of novices with no fighters of any name value. The most experienced fighter on the show is Soo Lee (2-4-2, 2), who will be up against the debuting Doo Ri Song (0-0) in a 4 round bout at 154lbs.
Surigao del Norte, Philippines
As well as the Korean cards there will also be a show in the Philippines, which will feature China's Mingcun Chen (5-0, 5) making his international debut, and battling Apisak Puttawong (1-7, 1). The unbeaten 20 year old has yet to be taken more than 2 rounds, and was last seen claiming a minor title. It's really hard to see how Apisak will offer any kind of a test for the youngster, especially given that Apisak a blown up Featherweight and already been stopped 4 times.