Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Our attention turns to Spain this coming Friday for a female world title fight, as IBF female Minimumweight champion Joana Pastrana (13-1, 4) defends her belt against Thai veteran Samson Tor Buamas (40-4, 22). The champion will be making her first defense, following her title win this past June against Oezlem Sahin whilst Sampson, also known as Siriporn Taweesuk, will be looking to claim another title after having held the WBC female titles at Minimumweight and Light Flyweight. On paper this is a huge step up in class for Pastrana, but it's hard to know what the 35 year old Sampson still has left in the tank, given she has been inactive recently, and has had a very long career. A full preview of this bout is available here -Samson battles Pastrana for IBF crown!
Western Australia, Australia
As well as the bout in Spain there is also action in Australia as once beaten Filipino fighter Mark Bernaldez (17-1, 12) takes on once beaten Australian Kye MacKenzie (19-1, 16) for the interim WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title. The Filipino suffered his only loss in 2015, when he was stopped in 7 rounds by Tsuyoshi Tameda in an exciting contender, and since then he has bounced back with a couple of low key wins. MacKenzie was also stopped in his only loss, also in 2015, when Jack Asis stopped him in 8, but since then he has won this title which he will be defending for the first time. Both are flawed fighters but they should make for an exciting contest here.