There isn't much Asian action this coming Friday but there is a bout of note in Australia, as Australian based Taiwanese fighter Yao Yi Ma (15-3-1, 10) battles against Joel Camilleri (14-4-1, 7) in Victoria. The 33 year old Ma hasn't scored any many wins, but is a decent enough fighter at this level to be competitive, and should give Camnilleri a decent bout over 8 rounds, as he did last year when the two men fought to a draw. The 27 year old Camilleri is unbeaten in his last 6, going 5-0-1 (2), but the fact he couldn't defeat Ma last time out does perhaps show his limitations. This could be a really, really competitive and compelling match up, and we can never complain about those especially when two fighters have fought to a draw already, as these two have.
The show of the the day, for us at least, is in Tokyo where we get a pair of OPBF title fights, both of which are well matched, and one of which could be the coming out party for one of the best natural talents in the sport today.
The headline bout sees the teak tough Hidenori Otake (29-2-3, 13) making his second defense of the OPBF Super Bantamweight title, as he takes on the hotly tipped youngster Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4). Otake, best known for going 12 rounds with Scott Quigg in the UK, will be viewing this bout as his next step towards a second world title fight and a chance to prove that he's still a top fighter despite being in his mid 30's. On the other hand Maruta is a young novice who has long been tipped as one of the Japanese stars of the future. The bout might be too much too soon for Maruta, or it could be the bout that sees him announce himself as being as good as advertised, and potentially a man who has the ability to go all the way to the top. It's going to be a special bout and something that deserves real attention.
The other title bout will see OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-2-1, 4) making his first defense, as he battles once touted Filipino for Jobert Alvarez (17-2-1, 7). For Nakayama the bout is a really tough first defense, but a winnable one against Alvarez, who was stopped by Miguel Cartagena inside around a few fights back. Both of these can box, though we're expecting to see a bit of a battle, with the later rounds expected to be very exciting as both men put it on the line in an attempt to come away with the title.
San Juan, Argentina
Another title bout of note comes from Argentina, as Japan's Yunoka Furukawa (9-1-2, 6) challenges IBF female Flyweight champion Leonela Paola Yudica (12-0-3). The Japanese fighter, a current champion at Atomweight, will be moving up in weight for the bout and taking part in her first bout outside of Asia. The bout is a tough ask for the Japanese battler but she can't be ruled out, and certainly has the edge in power against the technically well schooled, but some what negative Yudica.
There's also set to be a very notable card in Australia featuring a number of Asian fighters, of various abilities.
One of the most interesting of the match ups on paper will see Joel Camilleri (14-4, 7) battle against China's Yao Yi Ma (15-2, 10). The local has had a mixed career, fighting against limited foe's and although he is riding a 5 fight winning streak a win here would be a career best. For Mathe bout is a chance to bounce back from last November's loss to Dennis Hogan, in what was Ma's last outing. On paper this looks competitive and we're expecting to see something really exciting here.
Another good looking contender on paper will see recent OPBF Lightweight title challenger Kaewfah Tor Buamas (25-2, 16) take on Australian hopeful George Kambosos Jnr (12-0, 6). Of the two men it's Kaewfah who is the more experienced, and more proven, having given Masayoshi Nakatani a decent test earlier this year and holding wins over the likes of Andrew Wallace and Jason Butar Butar. Despite a relative lack of experience Kambosos has looked really good and has wins of note over fighters like Brandon Ogilvie and Qamil Balla.
In a female bout we'll see Thai Petcharas Superchamp (7-5, 1) take on the excellent Susie Ramadan (26-2, 11). This will be a huge ask for Thai, who has lost 3 of her last 4, but she will be travelling knowing that this is a chance for her to put in a good performance on foreign soil. Aged 38 Ramadan has likely started on the downslope of her career but should still have too much for the visitor.
One other bout that looks good on paper will see the once beaten Tiger Tor Buamas (19-1, 14) take on the always exciting Joel Brunker (31-2, 18). Tiger is a limited fighter, but at 31 there is some live there and he does know his way around the ring, however he has spent much of his career fighting at a very low level. As for Brunker he was once eyed as possible world title challenger, but with 2 losses in his last 6 those hopes do look a long way from reality and at 31 years old his style is potentially set to catch up on him.
The key Asian card this Sunday comes from China.
In one of the main main bouts we'll see the unbeaten Ainiwaer Yilixiati (8-0, 6) battle against former OPBF title challenger Michael Speed Sigarlaki (16-19-2, 14),a veteran from Indonesia. On paper this looks like a step up in class for the unbeaten mean but the reality is that Sigaralaki is now little more than a journeyman, travelling and getting beaten around Asia, with that trend set to continue here.
In a battle of unbeaten fighters Lemen Chao (5-0) will be taking on Guangxiong Li (3-0-1) in another of the headline bouts. Both men are unbeaten novices so their may be a point to prove for both men, leading us tp what could be an interesting match up
Another bout scheduled for 6 rounds will see Wulamu Tulake (6-1-1, 3) face off with the more experienced Ju Xiang Huang (5-4-2, 4) in what could be a test for Tulake.
In Australia we get a really intriguing match up as Australian based Taiwanese fighter Yao Yi Ma (15-1, 10) takes on Australian Dennis Hogan (24-1-1, 7) for the WBO Oriental Light Middleweight title. Ma is a former holder of this title but has been inactive for more than a year and in that time Hogan won the title, with this being his first defense of the title.
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Staying in Australia we'll see two Thai's fighting on a separate show.
The most notable of those two bouts will see Abe Archibald (0-0) face the limited, but heavy handed, Weerachit Kitee (7-9-2, 7). Kitee, also known as Tom Ford, has lost his last 7, with 6 of those being by stoppage, and it seems likely he'll be defeated again here despite his opponent being a debutant.
There will also be a show of note in Singapore.
In an historic bout we'll see the unbeaten Nurshahidah Roslie (4-0, 2) become the first Singaporean fighter to fight for a title recognised by one of the big 4 world title bodies, though it is only a regionaltitle. The bout will see Roslie battle against New Zealander Gentiane Lupi (4-3-1, 2) in a bout for the WBA Oceania Super Featherweight title.
In another headline bout the unbeaten Muhamad Ridhwan (4-0, 3) will face Ramli Pasaribu (4-10, 1), with Ridhwan looking to extend his unbeaten record and score his third straight win in Singapore.