This coming Sunday is a big day for Asian fight fans, before than however fans get a busy, though not hugely exciting, Saturday.
Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
Arguably the Asian show of the day comes from Cotabato del Sur where fans get a come genuinely good looking bouts and a number of prospects.
The main event here sees 23 year olds collide as Daryl Basadre (14-2-1, 10) takes on Kenny Demecillo (9-3-1, 6) in what looks like a genuinely solid domestic match up. There is some minor title attached to the bout but there really needn't be as it is a great bout on paper and could well help the winner establish themselves as a real hopeful. Notably this is a rematch from a very controversial clash earlier this year that Demecillo won via TKO with the referee's decision being hotly disputed.
Another good match with a minor strap attached to it will see Rimar Metuda (7-0, 3) face the heavy handed Jason Tinampay (6-1, 5). These two, both southpaws, are very young fighters and the winner will certainly be one to keep an eye on, however we wouldn't rule out the loser from becoming a solid fighter in the future.
In our eyes the best fighter on the card is John Vincent Moralde (13-0, 7) who takes on the once beaten Jerry Castroverde (6-1, 3). This could be a really good bout though we suspect that Moralde will be too good for his 18 year old foe, who will need a career best performance to even be competitive.
Other prospects on thus card worth making a note of are Markquil Salvana (8-0, 2), an 18 year Super Bantamweight, Michael Angelo Plania (6-0, 3), another 18 year old plying his trade at 122lbs and 19 year old Bantamweight puncher Raymart Gaballo (9-0, 7). Unfortunately all 3 of these youngsters are softly matched.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Another show in the Philippines takes place in Metro Manila where we have one of our favourites Filipinos in action.
That man is Giovanni Escaner (13-3, 9) who battles the horribly over-matched Jayar Estremos (10-11, 4) in what should be an easy win for Escaner, who really impressed when he stopped Naoto Uebayashi earlier this year.
In Ibaragi Japanese fans get a relatively poor show which lacks a really significant bout but does does feature a fighter that we have liked to keep close tabs on in recent times.
That man is domestic Bantamweight contender Tatsuya Takahashi (20-6-4, 15), aka the “Zombie”, who faces Thai fighter Kukiet Sorkaeokamsi (0-0). Takahashi caught our eye last year, in an exciting loss to the then Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda, and since then we've been fans so we're hoping he can pick up another win here and move towards a second Japanese title fight.
The rest of the card however is entire missable.
A second Japanese show, which is even worse than the Ibaragi one, comes from Oita.
The one bout which does look interesting on paper here will see Yamato Uchinono (6-3-5, 4) battle against Koki Ono (8-3, 4) in what should be a genuinely compelling 8 round bout around the Flyweight limit. Another well matched bout, albeit at a low level, will see Yuta Sasaki (6-7, 1) face off against Taisei Higashi (6-8, 5) in a 50-50 match up, but at a very low level.
Wr. Neudorf, Austria
In Germany fans will get the chance to see a female world title fight as Thailand's Teeraporn Pannimit (20-8, 5) battles Austrian “Golden Girl” Eva Voraberger (19-4, 9) in a bout for the IBO, GBU and WIBF Super Flyweight titles. The bout is a tough one for the Thai but she has traveled in the past and shouldn't be concerned about fighting in Voraberger's homeland.
In the US fans will get the chance to see the very exciting Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr (13-0, 12) take on as yet unnamed opponent. This will be Penalosa's first bout in 14 months and sadly his career has really slowed after a very exciting win against Jesus Lule, in his US debut back in December 2012. Hopefully a win here will see Penalosa kick on with his career rather than battle with inactivity.
March 6th-Valero returns, Saulong and Sonsona battle limited foes in the Philippines, Seki and Teeraporn to be tested in Germany
The week ends with lower profile action but there is plenty of it.
The only Asian show of the day takes place in Laguna where a number of notable Filipino fighters will be in action.
The most notable of the bouts will see Ernesto Saulong (16-1-1, 6) battle against Jaderes Padua (9-4-1, 6) in a 10 round bout. Saulong, has won his last 2 bouts after being stopped by the heavy handed Rey Megrino last year. Coming into this bout Padua has been stopped in 3 of his last 4, including a 72 second knockout loss last year to Rikiya Fukuhara
Another 10 round will see Eden Sonsona (32-6-2, 10) battle against the limited but tough Rex Olisa (10-27-1, 8). Sonsona will, obviously, be favoured but he'll almost certainly have to work for his win and Olisa did manage to give Vinvin Rufino a very good test last December.
As well as the two bouts mentioned there are several other bouts scheduled for this show.
In Australia fans get the chance to see one of the most under-rated fighters on the planet look to act an upsetter once again. That fighter is the tough Gerpaul Valero (18-16-3, 12) who takes on the unbeaten Andrew Moloney (2-0, 2) in a 6 round bout. Valero has one of the most deceiving records in the sport having begun his career 1-13-3, since then he has gone 17-3 (11). Notably Valero was stopped in a round last time out, by Aston Palicte, though will be looking to upset his touted foe here.
Another Filipino on this card is Alvin Bais (14-4, 3) who battles the unbeaten Jason Moloney (2-0, 2) in another tough looking bout. Sadly for Bais he has lost 4 of his last 5, with 3 stoppage losses, and is going to struggle here.
In Germany there will be a pair of Asian female fighters in action. One of those is Swiss based Japanese fighter Aniya Seki (26-3-2, 2) who will be up against the unbeaten Christina McMahon (6-0, 3) in a bout for the WBC International female Bantamweight title. Seki has won her last 2 bouts, both against Claudia Ferenczi, though lingering memories or her stoppage loss to Judith Rodriguez will linger coming into this bout.
The other Asian in action here is Thailand's Teeraporn Pannimit (20-7, 5) who is in an incredibly tough bout against Raja Amasheh (17-0-1, 4) in a bout for the WBC Silver female Flyweight title. The 22 year old Pannimit has been in with a number of top fighters, such as Momo Koseki, Susi Kentikian, Jessica Chavez and Su-Yun Hong and although she's always come up short at the top level she has got that top level of experience