The best bout of the day, by some margin, is in Panama where Thailand's Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (46-6-1, 23) battles Anselmo Moreno (35-4-1, 12) in a WBC Bantamweight world title eliminator. Both of these men have been recent world champions and both are battling for a rematch at Shinsuke Yamanaka. This really is as good as it gets for an eliminator and not only is it a bout between two top fighters, but it's also between fighters with polar opposite styles, with Moreno being a slippery cat and Suriyan being an pressure based lion. This really should something special.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Whilst the action in Panama is world class, there is still plenty of regional and domestic match ups in Asia, with some of the most notable taking place in the Philippines.
In one of the two main event bouts on this card fans will see the highly promising John Vincent Moralde (15-0, 7) battle against Jimmy Aducal (8-5-2, 6). On paper this looks like a mismatch but we consider it a good step for Moralde who is in with a southpaw who holds a notable stoppage win over Lloyd Jardeliza. Saying that Moralde should win without too many problems.
The other headline attraction will see teenage hopeful Mike Plania (9-0, 4) battle against fellow unbeaten Lorence Rosas (5-0-2, 2) in what looks like a fantastic match up between unbeaten hopefuls with a lot to gain, including a regional WBF title.
As well as the two main events this card will feature several prospects, though they seem to be very easily matched.
We also get an interesting card from Indonesian.
In one of two Indonesian title bouts fans will see John Ruba (8-3-1, 4) battle Philipus Rangga (8-12, 1) for the Light Welterweight crown. Interestingly these two men have fought in the past, with Rangga taking a narrow decision over Ruba though since then Ruba has improved and will be seeking revenger here.
In the other national title fight fans will see Light Middleweight title bout as Maxi Nahak (5-11-2, 1) faces Rocky Alap Alap (5-13) in a bout between feather fisted fighters. This one seems like it will certainly go 12 rounds but it's very hard to call a winner. The records of the two men aren't great but it could still be a very intriguing match up.
Although not a title bout we are very interested in a contest between Tibo Monabesa (12-0-1, 5), one of the star prospects of Indonesian, and Thai veteran Kaichon Sor Vorapin (25-14, 9). Kaichon will be fighting for the 40th time and whilst he is the more experienced fighter there is real hope that Monabesa could be a future star of Indonesian boxing, much like Iwan Zoda. There is genuine excitement about the Indonesian prospect, but this is a step up for him and could prove to be a very good test.
In Shanghai we get another “Fist of Fury” card which features some interesting match ups.
One of those interesting match ups will see hard hitting southpaw Alimu Wushouer (6-0, 6) face off against 18 year old Xiao Long Chen (2-2). We have to favour the 21 year old Wushouer but he is certainly not as proven as his record may suggest on paper.
In another Lightweight bout on thus card Jiao Cai Tan (3-2, 1), also an 18 year old will be up against Xiao Long Yang (4-1-1, 3). Notably Tan stopped Chen, see above, last time out, but has been stopped by Wushouer, again see above. For Yang , who was stopped a year ago by Wushouer on debut, he's coming into this on the back of a draw against Abudureyimu.
There will also be action in India where a small card is being held in Gurgaon.
In a Heavyweight bout the unbeaten Vikas Hooda (2-0, 1) will be up against the debuting Parveen Kumar (0-0). Hooda debuted a year ago but hasn't been busy since then whilst very little is known about Kumar.
Also on this card is the wonderfully named Honey (0-0), who debuts against Rahul Ganguli (1-0) in a 4 rounder at Super Bantamweight