Panama City, Panama
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
Attention turns to to Chinese this Friday as we get a number of title bouts from a show in Ningbo, which is set to be aired on CCTV5.
The most notable bout on the show will see former world champion Xiong Chao Zhong (25-6-1, 14) battle against hard matched Filipino Crison Omayao (17-9-3, 5) in a bout for both the WBC International the OPBF Minimumweight titles. This will be Zhong's first defense of the WBC international belt, that he won earlier this year with a decision against Hiroya Yamamoto, whilst Omayao will look to claim his first international title.
Another title fight at 105lbs will see the once beaten Cai Zong Ju (5-1, 1) battle against Mari Ando (12-7, 5) for the WBC International Female title. Ju, who will be defending her belt for the second time will be looking to score her biggest win to date and her third successive win of note, having previous wins over Gretchen Abaniel and Angor Onesongchaigym. For Ando this is a chance to move towards another world title after having come up short 3 times in recent years.
A third title bout on this card will see China's Xu Chan (6-2) battle against Thai veteran Chaiyong Sithsaithong (37-13-4, 26) in a bout for the a WBA Oceania title. Chan, who impressed last time when he upset Kris George in Australia, is coming in to this one in some former with a trio of wins including a decision over Hurricane Futa. Despite being highly experienced Chaiyong has never won on the road, where he is 0-8-1, this however is his best chance at changing that.
In a non-title bout Mohamadreza Hamze (6-6-1, 2) will face Huang Ju Xiang (0-1). This bout will be Hamze's first since losing in South Korea, albeit to an unknown opponent in a bout not listed on boxrec.com
In Thailand fans will also get some action as Channel 3 airs a small card from Bangkok.
The main event of the card will see Thailand's very own Chatpetch Sithmorseng (11-3-2, 6) take on experienced Filipino visitor Jetly Purisima (20-16-4, 5) in a bout for the PABA Super Flyweight title. On paper it's hard to see Purisima winning however we have seen Filipino travel to Thailand in recent months with a very upset minded mentality and that may be the case again here.
Other bouts on this card include a bout between Romnakit Technopoly Bangkok (4-0, 3) and Filipino Junar Adante (5-1-1, 2), in what looks like a good match up on paper though Romnakit has looked impressive so far, an all Thai bout between the unbeaten Dennapa Kiatniwat (5-0, 2) and the win-less Kongpichit Sithprayoon (0-3) and a bout featuring Montree Technopoly Bangkok (2-0, 1).
Pathum thani, Thailand
On a second Thai card, to be aired on Channel 7, Nakornloung will be putting on a show, which features a world ranked fighter and a former world champion.
That former world champion is 26 year old "veteran" Suriyan sor Rungvisai (44-6-1, 22) who will be defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title against Indonesian foe Frans Damur Palue (11-9-2, 6). Suriyan, who is a genuinely world class Bantamweight, shouldn't struggle at all here though the hope is that he will move towards another world title bout in 2016, with a possible bout against Rodrigo Guerrero coming before another shot at the top
Another bout on this card will see the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (29-0, 22) taking on Medgoen Por Kobkua (0-0). Nawaphon, who is hoping to get a Flyweight world title bout, should pick up an easy win here to take him to 30-0 however the question is whether he will ever get a shot a Roman Gonzalez or whether his #1 ranking with the WBC is meaningless.
A more well matched bout, at least on paper, will see Pongsaklek Sithdabnij (4-3-1, 3) attempt to extend his 4 fight winning run as he takes on Heri Purnomo (2-5, 1). Although the records are both poor there is some talk of Pongasklek being one to watch and he has turned his career around after a 0-3-1 start. Incidentally the man that Pongsaklek scored his biggest win against, Kongfah Nakornloung (22-1, 14) will also be in action, albeit against an unknown opponent.
*Note we have been informed that “Romnakit Technopoly Bangkok” and “Ronnakit PKT College” are the same fighter likewise “Montree Technopoly Bangkok” and “Montree PKT College”
Action returns to the Korakuen Hall for the second time in the space of just 3 days for what is set to be another very interesting card. This one doesn't have as many good match ups as the June 8th show but it does have 3 bouts that are worthy of some real attention.
The most significant of those bouts is an IBF Super Bantamweight world title eliminator between Japanese slickster Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11) and experienced Thai visitor Mike Tawatchai (35-7-1, 21). Wake comes into this bout on an impressive run of 8 straight wins, with 6 by way of T/KO, and should rightfully be favoured however the Thai is himself unbeaten in 9 and is very highly ranked by the IBF following a reign as the IBF Asia champion. Notably Tawatchai is 1-7 in Japan and will be hoping to score his first win in the country in more than 5 years, a tough ask against someone as good as Wake.
In the chief support bout we'll see the return to the ring of former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19), who fought Guillermo Rigondeaux at the end of 2014. Amagasa has been matched with visiting Thai Patomsith Pathompothong (12-3, 5). Patomsith is facing his most notable foe to date though it is possible that Amagasa will still be suffering the effects of his loss to Rigondeaux, which finished with the Japanese fighter looking like a swollen mess.
The only title fight on this show is a bout for the OPBF female Super Bantamweight title and will see the once beaten Tomomi Takano (7-1, 5) take on Thailand's Nongbua Lookpraiaree (9-12-1, 1), who is a replacement for Filipino Carleans Rivas. We suspect that Takano will be the more skilled of the fighters in the ring here but she has shown questionable stamina and Nonbua has only been stopped once in her 12 losses. Interestingly we did manage to find footage of Nongbua fighting South Korea against Hee Jung Yuh and from the footage it does seem like she could test Takano.
Khon Kaen, Thailand
It's not just Japanese fans getting action but also Thai fans who will be getting a show from Khon Kaen which will be televised on Channel 7.
The main event here will see the very good Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (40-6-1, 20) battle against the upset minded Filipino slugger Jomar Fajardo (14-7-2, 7). Whilst Fajardo did impress us in both of his fights against Francisco Rodriguez Jr this does seem much too much for the “Wallopman” who has no right fighting at Bantamweight.
In a supporting bout the unbeaten Kongfah Nakornluang (21-0, 13) will take on Filipino visitor Wilber Andogan (10-19-4, 4). The weight difference between the two men here should again take any real drama from the bout and Andogan's key aim will be to make things fun to watch rather than try to win. Whilst Kongfah is flawed he should be far too good for the Filipino journeyman.
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There isn't a lot of action this coming Tuesday however what there is does have an edge of significance to it as several world ranked Thai's are in action, albeit in stay busy fights.
In the main event fans will see the unbeaten Nawaphon Por Chokchai (26-0, 19) defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight title and his WBC #1 world ranking against an Indonesian opponent who appears to be set up to lose. We've not been given the name of the visitor but considering Nawaphon is on the verge of a fight with Roman Gonzalez it's clear his team won't be risking him ahead of that potential world title bout.
Another bout of note on this card will see Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (40-6-1, 18) battle against regional journeyman Yodpichai Sithsaithong (10-12, 4). Yodpichai seems to be continue his remarkable movements through the weights which last saw him fighting up at Featherweight, though has seen him fighting as low as Minimumweight.
There are 3 other bouts pencilled in for this show but we're unsure who they will feature.
For those interested in tuning in this will be aired on Channel 3.
February 24th-Suriyan and Nawaphon in Thailand, whilst Noguchi and Watanabe take to the ring in Japan
It's rare to have much in terms of interesting action on a Tuesday but this week fans in Japan get interesting action on a B class Dangan show whilst Thai fans get the chance to see some world class fighters in action.
Pathum Thani, Thailand
In Thailand fans get televised action on channel 3.
Sadly the main event is a complete mismatch as WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight champion Nawaphon Por Chokchai (25-0, 18) defends his belt against the horrible over-matched Powell Balaba (8-12-1, 5). Balaba may have impressed fans who saw his last bout, in which he pushed Rommel Asenjo very close in an 8 rounder, but we think Nawaphon is going to be too big and too strong here for the Filipino Light Flyweight. This is a mismatch however it's also a stay busy fight for Nawaphon who is hoping to get a WBC Flyweight title eliminator later in the year.
Nawaphon isn't the only notable fighter on this card and his older brother Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (39-6-1, 18) will also be in action as he looked for his second win of the year. From what we understand Suriyan will be up against the very limited Domi Nenokeba (11-22-1, 7) in what is again a stay busy fight for the Thai, who is also seeking a world title eliminator later in the year.
A third fighter of interest on this card is the promising Jirapan Nakornluang (2-0, 2),though we're unsure who he will be fighting. We were really impressed by Jirapan on his debut and would suggest keeping a tab on him for the future, though his development might end up being a slow one.
For the second successive day this week we get the chance to see action from the Korakuen Hall as we the latest in the Dangan series of shows. This particular show is a B Class tournament show and will feature 11 bouts in total with 10 of them being scheduled for 5 rounds.
Rather then going through all the bouts we'll just pick a few that have caught our eye.
A relatively even looking even looking Middleweight bout will see the stop-or-be stopped Wataru Seino (4-2 4) battle against Koji Kase (4-4, 2) in an interesting, though relatively insignificant contest early on the card.
Possibly the best prospect on the card is the unbeaten Kenya Noguchi (2-0, 1) who is a product of the Celes gym and appears to be one of the gyms most promising talents. The 19 year old Southpaw will be facing Thailand's Signoi Singmanasak (1-1) in what looks interesting on paper but is likely to be a dominant victory for Noguchi who we rate very highly.
A very good looking Flyweight bout will see Tasuhiro Tanaka (4-1-2) fight against the interesting Kensuke Sasaki (2-1, 2). Sasaki appears to be selected as a very promising youngster and lost a close decision to the much more experienced Kenta Okumura on his debut, since then he has scored back to back stoppages and will be hoping to continue that run. Tanaka's only loss came 2 fights back when he was stopped by the then unbeaten Koya Sato in 5 rounds, notably that is Sato's only stoppage win.
At Featherweight Takehiro Shinohara (5-4-2, 5) will battle fellow puncher Atsushi Kudo (3-3-2, 3). Both men have losses and draws but all wins for both men have come inside the distance and there is a good chance both will go out looking for a stoppage here.
On paper the best match up is another Featherweight bout which will see Daisuke Watanabe (1-0, 1) battle against Ryuto Araya (7-2-1, 1) in what is a brilliant bit of match making. Watanabe's camp know they have a talent on their hands and a win here will shoot him towards a national ranking and put him on the fast track whilst a loss, this early in his career, is little more than a temporary set back.
Technically the main event will be a Welterweight bout which will see Makoto Kawasaki (5-2-1, 1) battle against Mamoru Takeuchi (5-5-2). With just a single stoppage win between them from 20 bouts this looks like a distance affair but could still turn out to be enjoyable even if it doesn't look like a really exciting highlight to the show.
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Action returns to Thailand this coming Friday with a Channel 7 televised card featuring fighters from the Nakornluang stable of fighters. The fighters might not be involved in the most interesting of bouts but a number of fighters ion action are proven fighters and another is possibly the most fun to watch Thai currently breaking through.
The exciting fighter previously mentioned is the unbeaten, but scarily limited, Kongfah Nakornluang (18-0, 10). Kongfah is an all action brawler who is unlikely to make an impact at world level but will also be fun to watch win or lose. In his upcoming bout it's hard to see anything but a win for Kongfah who will be hoping to claim the WBC Youth Super Flyweight title as he takes on Indonesia's Rendy Stone (3-3-1, 2). Stone is best known for losing last November to Yushi Tanaka in WBC Youth Bantamweight title fight and we suspect the Indonesian will come up short again here.
Although Kongfah is in title action he's not the biggest name on the show, in fact there's a pair of former world champions both in action.
One of those former world champions is former WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (31-4-1, 28) who will be taking part in a stay busy fight as he prepares for a world title eliminator with Mexican Jose Salgado in either March or April. Sadly at the time of writing Srisaket's opponent has yet to be named suggesting it could be a debutant or a very poor imported foe to just keep power puncher ticking over.
The other former world champion is Srisaket's close friend and also a former WBC Super Flyweight champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (38-6-1, 17) who will be fighting for the second time since he lost to Shinsuke Yamanaka in a WBC Bantamweight title fight. It seems likely that Suriyan will also be in an eliminator later this year but first for him is this stay busy bout. Sadly as with Srisaket his opponent hasn't yet been publicly named.
One final member of the Nakornluang stable of fighters to be in action is the very promising Jirapan Nakornluang (1-0, 1) who impressed us on his debut when he out boxed and broke down Toto Lookmuangbangklang this past December. Although a novice it's clear this young man has a lot of talent and we'd be very surprised if we didn't see him in bigger and better bout in the next year or two. As with Srisaket and Suriyan, Jirapan's opponent hasn't yet been named
This coming weekend is the final one be before Christmas and there is a lot to be excited about before we tuck into out turkey's, open our presents and get drunk with families. For the fighters in action this weekend it'll be their final chance to shine this year and although celebrations are just around the corner for many they will still know that those celebrations could be made that little bit better they can record a big win.
Possibly the most interesting and potentially exciting bout for ourselves is in Argentina where the WBA regular and WBA interim Flyweight titles will unified in a potential FOTY contender. In one corner is regular champion Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18), the home fighter and a 2-weight world champion, whilst interim champion Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-2, 20), a legitimate Thai warrior, will be in the other corner. Reveco didn't impress last time out when he defended his title against Felix Alvarado, taking a controversial decision against the exciting Nicaraguan, and since then has been struck with a number of injuries which have forced this bout to be delayed several times. Like Alvarado we weren't impressed last time we saw Yodmongkol in the ring, taking a very questionable decision against Japan's Takuya Kogawa, though he genuine impressed us in his victory over Koki Eto. If both men are on the top of their game this has thrilling written all over it though if either under-performs the other will likely do enough to win.
This bout is doubly important for Asian fans as Kazuto Ioka (15-1, 9) is expected to face the winner early next year as he attempts to become a 3-weight world champion. Of the two we suspect Ioka would prefer Reveco than Yodmongkol.
At the Colisee de Quebec we see a trio of Russian's all with different expectations on their shoulders.
Making his debut will be former amateur star Vislan Dalkhaev (0-0) who will be up against Efren Bautista (3-5-2, 2) in what is expected to be a successful start to his professional career. This should be a straight forward win for Dalkhaev if he's as good as he's supposed to be.
Talking about being as good as someone is supposed to be this card will also feature the genuinely fantastic, destructive and brilliant Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6). Beterbiev, who was last seen destroying former IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, will be battling against the unbeaten Jeff Page Jr (15-0, 10) in what looks like a good test though we suspect Beterbiev will run through Page in double quick fashion to try and further strengthen his position as the division's premier prospect-come-contender.
In the main event we see Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16) challenging for the WBC Light Heavyweight title as he takes on the explosive Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20). Sukhotsky is a huge under-dog here though knows a win will set him up for huge fights down the line and he has got the ability and power to spring an upset here. Stevenson, who was one of the top fighters in 2013, has disappointed hugely this year and knows that anything but a sensational performance will see him cast aside as yesterday's news. This is must win and must win well for Stevenson who knows anything but a great performance really could cost popularity, money and big fights.
In Japan we get a small but interesting card with a hugely promising prospect in the main event as well as an under-card featuring 8 other bouts.
The promising prospect is the OPBF ranked Shun Kubo (5-0, 4) who puts his unbeaten record on the line against WBC world ranked Bantamweight Luis May (15-7-1, 7). In theory this should be a huge step up for Kubo though in all honesty there is nothing on May's record that should scare the talented Japanese youngster who could find himself bursting into the world rankings in early 2015.
In the chief support contest the ranked Tokiya Nishioka (9-3-2, 5) will be up against Toshiya Yokogawa (6-7-1, 5). Nishioka brings an OPBF and a Japanese ranking into this bout and although he should win it does need saying that Yokogawa does have the power to trouble people at this level and Nishoka will need to be careful.
Also on this card will be the return to the ring of Takahiro Shigee (11-1-1, 9) following his loss in July to Rodrigo Guerrero. Shigee will be fighting a Thai visitor though we're unsure who the visitor will actually be.
In Thailand fans are getting the chance to see a world class fighter in action as Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (27-6-1, 16) attempts to defend the WBC Bantamweight Asia title against Indonesian Tony Arema (3-5). This will be Suriyan's first bout since his loss to Shinsuke Yamanaka in a WBC Bantamweight title fight a few weeks ago.
In the Philippines fans will get the chance to see a number of novices in action in what looks to be a small but interesting card.
The most interesting bout will see the unbeaten Robert Ates (3-0, 2) battle against Rafaek Sueno (2-1, 2) in what we suspect will be an explosive encounter and a good test for Ates. Sadly the other “main bout” looks like a mismatch as Peter Apolinar (3-0, 3) fights against Takaoki Noma (0-3-1) in what appears to be a test of the 19 year old Apolinar's power as opposed to his ability.
The other 3 bouts on this card feature real novices with single fight records, though all 6 men are upbeaten. Hopefully they'll manage to bring out the best in each other and give us some great bouts
A big mid week show this week takes place in Japan as Teiken put on a very interesting show.
The main event will see the exceptional and very heavy handed Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16) returning to the ring for his 7th world title defence. This time around Yamanaka, the man known as the "God of Left", will be taking on WBC mandatory challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16). Sor Rungvisai is a former WBC Super Flyweight champion has proven ability at both Super Flyweight, where he was a world champion, and at Flyweight, where he ran the great Pongsaklek Wonjongkam very close way back in 2010. For Yamanaka this isn't a gimme, after all Suriyan is tough and more skilled than many other Thai's that we see competing at world level. We suspect Yamanaka will make this look easy though it's a genuine tough bout for the champion, especially considering that how Rungvisai has competed tall southpaws in the past, including Thomas Rojas who made to chase shadows at times by the diminutive Thai. For Suriyan this bout will see him returning to Japan for the first time since he lost his Super Flyweight title to Yota Sato and he'll certainly be looking to score a big win here, though he is with out a win in 4 previous bouts outside of Thailand.
In the co-feature we have another excellent match up as 2-weight world champion Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12) battles against former 2-time Super Featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-3-1-1, 16). Ao, a former world champion at both Featherweight and Super Featherweight, is on the hint for a third divisional world title though will know that this could be a very difficult assignment considering that Salgado is a proven world class fighter and a former WBA and IBF champion at Super Featherweight. For many Salgado's "signature" win came the first time he fought in Japan, stopping Ao's stablemate Jorge Linares inside a round in a real upset of the year contender, since then however he has been stopped himself by Takashi Uchiyama, also in Japan. Coming into this bout Salgado has lost his last 2 by stoppage and won just 2 of his last 5 bouts with many feeling that he's now coming to the end of his career at the top level. Ao is on a 3 fight willing streak though didn't look good prior to that when he was out pointed by Gamaliel Diaz and some may question how good he really is going into what looks like a clear cross roads bout.
In a third notable bout, albeit one notable only to those who follow the Japanese domestic scene, fans will get the chance to see a bout between two Japanese ranked Super Featherweights. The bout will see the heavy handed Kenichi Ogawa (12-1, 10) battling against Ribo Takahata (10-4-1, 2). Going in to this one Ogawa is ranked #15 by the JBC whilst Takahata is #12 despite those rankings we do suspect that Ogawa will come out on top here, and probably inside the distance considering his power and the fact Takahata was stopped just 2 fights back.
As well as the 3 bouts mentioned this show will feature a further 4 bouts, albeit at a much lower level to the 3 we've already mentioned.
For those interested in watching the card it will be televised on both NTV in Japan and Channel 7 in Thailand.
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It's been a quiet week in boxing this week but thankfully on Friday we have a couple of interesting cards. Each has a former world champion on it and although we have more than our share of mismatches the shows do hold some relevance and seem like a good start to the weekend.
For us the Asian card of the day is in China courtesy of Zovi Boxing. The card is one of those rare ones which has a bit of everything but yet remains a long way off the radar for most fans.
The stand out bout by, by a mile, sees China's fast rising, and highly touted, Qiu Xiao Jun (12-2, 4) defending his WBA Asian Council Continental Super Bantamweight title against Indonesia's Rasmanudin (18-4-2, 9). Although Rasmanudin isn't a world beater he has been in with some great fighters, such as Ryosuke Iwasa, and should prove to be an excellent test for Jun who is currently ranked #11 by the WBC at Super Bantamweight.
Although the 23 year old Jun is, for us, the brightest prospect fighting in mainland China he's not actually the most well known Chinese fighter on the card. That honour instead belongs to former WBC Minimumweight world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-5-1, 12) who battles Filipino Roilo Golez (15-11-1, 6) in what will be Zhong's first bout since losing his world title to Osvaldo Novoa. Zhong should be too strong and too tough for Golez but this is a big test for Zhong mentally after he was crushed by Novoa just a few months ago.
A third notable contest on this card will see Xu Chun Yan (4-3, 1) defending her WBC female International Featherweight title for the first time. Yan, who claimed the title earlier this year with a shock victory over Lindsay Garbatt, will be taking on Thailand's former world title challenger Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth (12-3-2, 5). We tend to look at the records and think Sriphrea should be favoured but Yan is at home and is better than her record indicates so we think this could be a very competitive contest.
Nonthaburi province, Thailand
As well as the Chinese card there is also a Thai show which will be televised on Thai Channel 7.
The main event here features former Super Flyweight world champion Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (35-5-1, 15) who will be hoping to record the 4th defence of his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. Suriyan will be fighting former foe Fernando Ocon (12-6, 4), who he defeated back in January by 12 round decision. Whilst this is a disappointing match up for Suriyan his activity has to be applauded and this is his 5th fight year and his 10th in less than 12 months! Incredible activity even if much of it is against lesser foes.
Also on the card is the unbeaten Kongfah Nakornluang (12-0, 6) who will be battling Athiwatlek Chaiyonggym (2-2, 1), who we believe was last seen in the ring back in 2011 when he was stopped in 2 rounds by Ryuji Hara. On paper this is a mismatch though we're unconvinced on Kongfah's ability and his opposition so far has been very poor.
A third bout on this show will the once beaten Petchbodin Por Nobnom (9-1, 6) against teenager Non Sithsaithong (11-6, 7). Both men are coming in to this contest on the back of a stoppage loss, though they are coming in on very different conditions. For Petchbodin this will be his first fight since November 2012 whilst for Non he'll be trying to end a 3 fight losing streak.
-Details on the Thai card courtesy of Pal.
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After an amazing start to the week things did drop off midweek. Thankfully things get back under-way on Friday as we get Asians in action both in Asia and around the world with fights in both Australia and the US.
For us the first notable fight is in Bangkok as former world title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (33-5-1, 14) makes the third defense of his WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. Suriyan's opponent has been named as Albert Alcoy (14-17-7, 4) who is disappointing to say the least.
As well as Suriyan we're also expecting to see action from Nawaphon Por Chokchai (20-0, 14) who has made a habit of fighting on the same show's as his older brother. This is however more of a guess than a certainty in this case.
We're expecting several other fights on this Thai show but, as is often the case with show's in Thailand, it's a bit more guess work than certainty.
This card will be televised on Thai Channel 7, their second show of the week.
Whilst little is really known about the Thai show the Japanese show, "Fighting Bee Vol 7", is one we have plenty of details about.
The card, from the Korakuen Hall, features a total of 6 contests including a bout for the OPBF female Bantamweight title as Tenkai Tsunami (19-9, 8) battles against hard hitting Filipino Honey Mae Bermoy (6-2, 6). For us this is the highlight bout ans a contest that promises to show how good Bermoy is whilst also giving Tsunami a chance to re-establish herself on the world stage. Great match up.
Technically the female bout isn't the main event, instead that honour goes to Tsukasa Saito (18-2, 13) and his bout with the light hitting Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-9-2, 2). Saito, ranked #8 at Lightweight by the JBC, will be looking for his third straight victory since being upset a year by Jose Maxian. Yamamoto has won just 1 of his last 4 and 2 of his last 6 so it's hard to see an upset here, especially considering his lack of power and questionable durability. With that in mind we'll continue to be more excited about the female fight.
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Outside of Asia the first bout of note takes place "down under" as Thailand's Decha Kokietgym (34-11-3, 18) battles the world ranked Chad Bennett (32-4-3, 23) for the unified WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight and WBA Pan African Light Welterweight titles. Ranked #8 by the WBA and #10 by the WBO Bennett has a lot to lose and little to gain from this bout though in all honesty Decha hasn't got much of a chance unless he catches Bennett early. Of Bennett's 4 losses 3 have come early and he has been down numerous times through his his career. Bennett will be clearly favoured but questions about his toughness do make this a little bit interesting.
Is the US we have 2 Russian fighters in action on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card.
The most notable of the fighters is the very highly ranked Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16) who looks to state his case for a world title fight as he battles former IBF title challenger Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21) in one of the days better looking contests. Ranked by the WBC, WBA and IBF Nugaev has a lot on the line here though will know that a victory over Quintero could well be rewarded with a world title fight, especially when you consider just how tough Quintero made life for IBF champion Miguel Vazquez.
As well as Nugaev the card also features Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6) who is in a very tough contest with unbeaten American Roman Morales (17-0, 9). We don't think that Morales as good as his record indicates but we do think he's better than the average Suleymanov and we don't imagine that this will really be that close in all honesty. It's certainly not as good as the other bout on the card that's for sure.
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