In Thailand fans get a spectacular card combining boxing and Muay Thai. As we don't cover MT we've only really got 3 bouts to make note of.
In the main event, at least in terms of the boxing, fans will see the promising Saenganan Sithsaithong (10-0, 6) take on Filipino visitor Danilo Gabisay (6-3, 4). Gabisay really needs a win of note here having gone 2-3 in his last 5, though he did score a TKO over Angelito Merin last time out. Saenganan is listed as a 15 year old on boxrec and whilst we're unsure on his age he does seem to be a really promising young fighter with genuine potential. That potential should be on show here.
Another bout between a Thai and a Filipino will see the experienced Thai Chaiyong Sithsaithong (36-14-4, 26) battle against limited Filipino foe Nathan Bolcio (12-7-2, 4). Bolcio has been stopped in his last 4 bouts out side of the Philippines and we suspect he could be stopped again here, though he did notably go 10 rounds with Tomoki Kameda back in 2011. Chaiyong has however lost his last 2 bouts and now needs a win.
A third bout will see China's Jen Yu Jia (1-8-2) fight a local Thai foe, though one who's name we're unsure about having been given the name “Sant Sithsaithong”, who we can't find on boxrec.com. Jia isn't great but he is tough enough to test some prospects and if “Sant” isn't up to much he could be slipping on the banana skin here.
Although the show in Thailand is interesting we're actually more interesting in a show from China which bouts 4 title bouts and features several fighters that we have a genuine interest in.
The main event will be an all Filipino affair as Alie Laurel (13-3, 9) battles against once beaten Ernesto Saulong (17-1-1, 7) in a bout for the WBC International Bantamweight title. This will be a rematch of Laurel's third loss, a split decision to Saulong, and will allow Laurel to continue his fine form which has seen him stop his last 3 foes, including Tiger Tor Buamas and Nobuhisa Coronita Doi. Saulong has also won his last 3 bouts though was stopped, in 3 rounds, by Rey Megrino last May. This is really interesting as a match up and one of the ones we're really excited about.
Another bout we're really excited about will see the world ranked Xiang Jing (8-3-2, 1) battle against Macrea Gandionco (10-2-2, 6) in a bout for the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council and WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight titles. Coming into this bout Gandionco is 0-2-1 in his last 3, having been stopped in both of those defeats. Jing on the other hand is 1-0-2 having claimed a controversial win last time out against the very talented Ben Mananquil. This could be a good test of the Chinese fighter, though we suspect he'll come out on top.
A Featherweight title bout will see Xian Wei Qian (7-4-1, 1) battle against the unbeaten Junar Adante (5-0-1, 2) on a bout for a pair of WBC regional titles. A potential fringe world ranking could be up for grabs for the winner here , despite how unproven the two men are, and so we'd expect them to put it all on the line in an attempt to claim the two titles.
Yet another notable title fight will see Cai Zongju (4-1, 1) battle against Angor Onesongchaigym (7-2, 4) for a pair of WBC female titles. Fair to say most western fans won't be interested in this one but the winner could find themselves in the running for a potential shot at a WBC female world title later in the year.
In Australia there are a trio of bouts worth noting, including a particularly interesting female bout with a potential Atomweight world title challenger.
That female bout will see Filipino fighter Jujeath Nagaowa (12-14-1, 8) attempt to slow down the fast rise of talented Australian Louisa Hawton (4-0, 2). Hawton's team have made it clear that they are chasing world title bouts later in the year and this is an excellent step up for her, though Nagaowa isn't a push over.
Another bout here will see Thai veteran Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (31-17, 20) battle against Australian fighter Steven Wills (17-2-2, 9) whilst Filipino fighter Lloyd Jardeliza (6-1-3, 5) takes on Nathaniel May (10-1, 5), in what appears to be a very tough ask for the Pinoy puncher.