The big action this coming Friday comes from Tokyo, with Boxingraise showing it live online. The card features a couple of title fights along with two very good looking supporting bouts.
The main event will see Akinori Watanabe (36-7, 30) battle against Ryosuke Maruki (15-5-1, 10) for the interim Japanese Light Middleweight title. For Watanabe this is a chance to claim another belt to his collection, adding to reigns as the Japanese, OPBF and PABA champion at Welterweight. Maruki on the other hand gets a third shot as national honours, having come up short against Yuki Nonaka and Nobuyuki Shindo. We're expecting this to be explosive, with both fighters having very heavy hands, and very exciting with the winner then being lined up to face Shindo, either at the end of this year or in early 2019.
The other title fight will see Japanese Mminimumweight champion Shin Ono (22-9-3, 5) making his first defense of the title, as he takes on youngster Riku Kano (13-3-1, 7). The Watanabe veteran won the title earlier this year when he defeated Ryoki Hirai and will be hoping to use the title to land another world title fight, after having come up short in bouts against Katsunari Takayama and Wanheng Menayothin. The 20 year old Kano has promised a lot, but losses to Takayama and Jerry Tomogdan have slowed his career and a poor performance here could see him written off, despite his youth.
One of the really good supporting bouts will see the in form Kyosuke Sawada (11-2-1, 6), who has won his last 7, taking on former Japanese title challenger Yosuke Fujihara (17-5, 4). Although Sawada struggled early in his career losing his first 2 bouts, he has has really turned things around and scored a career best win in May against Kinshiro Usui. As for Fujihara he's been out of the ring for almost a year but is a capable fighter and should be a good test for Sawada, albeit one that Sawada should pass as he continues his pursuit of a title fight.
Another supporting bout will see the hard hitting Kenshin Oshima (3-1-1, 3) take on the much lighter hitting Joe Tanooka (15-4-4, 1). Last time out Oshima was held to an unexpected draw by Nobuaki Kanazawa and he'll be looking to bounce back from that set back. As for Tanooka, who is one of the more pure boxers in Japan, he'll be looking to build on a good domestic win against Kenichi Watanabe. A really interesting match up against two polar opposites.
As well as the action in Japan there will also be a notable card in Shenzhen, China, where were several local fighters will be taking on interesting tests.
On paper the best of the bouts will see unbeaten Chinese prospect Wenfeng Ge (10-0, 6) look to build on his 2017 win over Amnat Ruenroeng as he takes on once beaten Filipino Ivan Soriano (18-1-1, 9) in a bout for the WBO International Flyweight title. Whilst Ge is unbeaten, and coming in to this on the back of a huge win, it's worth noting that Soriano hasn't lost in over 8 years and will feel confident of picking up a win here. Coming in to this both men are and both will know that a win here will shoot them up the rankings towards a potential world title shot, and a potential show down with either Sho Kimura or Kosei Tanaka.
A second title fight will see the once beaten Ahatelike Muerzhabieke (7-1-1, 4) battle against Thailand's Chaloemporn Sawatsuk (18-5, 14) for the WBO China National Super Middleweight title. The Thai once promises a lot, and began his career with 17 straight wins but has proven to be a huge disappointment since then, losing 5 of his last 6 by stoppage. Aged 19 this is a big step up in class for Muerzhabieke but he's won his last 5 and appears to be on a good run to build his confidence coming in to this bout.
In a battle of novices fans will see Bo Wang (1-0, 1) take on Aleksei Podkolzin (1-0). Wang needed just a round to win his debut in June 2016, but hasn't fought in an officially sanctioned professional bout since that contest, more than 2 years ago. Interestingly Podkolzin made his debut in January 2017, in a 10 rounder, but apparently hasn't fought since. This is an interesting match up, about as interesting as you can get between two men with 1-0 records.
This coming Tuesday isn't a big day for Asian fight fans, but there is some notable action in China, and a Heavyweight hopeful fighting in Belarus.
The card in China is the only Asian one of the day, and does look like it could have some interesting action.
The main event sees unbeaten local Wenfeng Ge (9-0, 6) take a huge step up in class to face former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (18-1, 6). The 37 year old Amnat has fought only once as a professional since losing the IBF title to Johnriel Casimero in May 2016, stopping an over-match Thai. The little known Ge has faced no one of note, but knows that a win here would put his name on the map, and potentially help open the door to the world rankings. A real must win for both men involved here.
In an 8 round bout at Middleweight fans will see teenager Fei Hu Wang (4-1, 2) take on 36 year old Georgian visitor Badri Kereselidze (7-2, 2). The 19 year old Wang was beaten earlier this year by the promising Aleksei Podkolzin but will feel like he's better than he has shown, and will favour himself against a man who has been stopped in 2 of his last 3.
In a 6 rounder we'll see the debut of Jiajia Li (0-0), who takes on unbeaten Thai Atchariya Tor Chantaroj (8-0, 5). The Chinese fighter appears to be having a baptism of fire here against a very good Thai who holds wins against the likes of Ratchasi Sithsaithong, Heri Andriyanto and Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus. This looks interesting on paper, and if Li wins it is actually a very impressive debut.
In Belarus fans will be able to see Kazakh Heavyweight novice Zhan Kosobutskiy (1-0, 1) take on a yet to be named foe, in a bout expected to be fought over 4 rounds.
This coming Tuesday attention turns to China where we get a small but notable card, headlined by a female world title fight, but also featuring a number of interesting under-card contests.
The main event of the card will see IBF female Minimumweight champion Zong Ju Cai (9-1, 1) make her first defense of the title as she goes up against Filipino challenger Gretchen Abaniel (17-8, 6). The Chinese local out boxed Etsuko Tada for the title earlier this year and now looks like she's hungry to make a name for herself and capitalise on the win. The fast and skilled Chinese won't be in an easy one here however as Abaniel is a determined and skilled fighter herself, who has lost in a number of world title bouts already, but will be hungry to not only win but also avenge a 2015 loss to Cai.
Arguably the best of the under-card bouts sees the unbeaten Xiang Xiang Sun (12-0, 9) risking his record against big punching Filipino foe Anthony Marcial (22-3-1, 21). The talented Sun has began to create some buzz internationally and has stopped 8 out of his last 9 and if he wins again here there is a good reason to believe an OPBF title fight could be just around the corner, in what would be a potential break out fight. For Marcial the bout ends a 14 month break from action and gives him a change to prove if his power is legitimate or not. Although a puncher it should be noted that Marcial has been stopped in all 3 of his losses, suggesting he's a glass cannon.
Another unbeaten Chinese fighter looking to score a big win is Flyweight Wen Feng Ge (5-0, 2), who takes on former world title contender Kwanpichit OneSongchaigym (39-2-2, 24), who is best known for his two bouts with Zou Shiming. On paper this is a huge step up for the 30 year old Chinese fighter, who has never fought anyone with the experience of Kwanpichit. Although experienced it should be noted that Kwanpichit is the much smaller man, moving up from Flyweight to Bantamweight for this bout.
Another under-card bout on this card will see the once beaten Fei Hu Wang (3-1, 1) take on the unbeaten Aleksei Podkolzin (1-0) in a 10 round rematch of their bout in January. In their first meeting a then debuting Russian took a decision over the Chinese teenager in Macau, and will be looking to score a stoppage this time, whilst Wang will be hoping to avenge his only defeat.