Another Sunday and another busy boxing day through out Asia with cards in Japan, the Philippines and Yemen.
The most noteworthy bouts both occured in Japan as the IMP Hall in Osaka.
The most noteworthy of those bouts saw Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10) stopping the over-matched Indonesian Elly Pangaribuan (3-3, 1) in the second round. This was a clear mismatch from the off though in all fairness Ishida is one man we can forgive for having an easy bout after a run that has seen him facing Paul Williams, Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin.
The other notable contest saw the highly reagrded and hard hitting Masao Nakamura (16-1, 16) stopping Filipino opponent Raymond Sermona (18-3-5, 8) with a tremendous body shot. Nakamura set the pace of the bout with a steady stream of jabs before connecting with a nasty right hand to Sermona's midsection which sent him down for the count. This is Nakamura's 4th victory since losing his OPBF title to Ronald Pontillas back in May 2011.
Although the Ishida bout and the Nakamura bout were both held at the IMO Hall, they were actually held on different cards, occuring one after the other.
From the Ishida card there were 5 other bouts with the show opening with a 4 round contest in the Super Flyweight division. This opener saw Yuki Nagashima (2-0, 1) impressive stop Kei Fujita (3-1, 1) at the very start of the 2rd round.
The other 4 contests on the show were all scheduled for 8 rounds with 2 of the bouts going the distance. The ones that didn't saw Ryo Okayama (8-1, 5) making light work of Indonesian Rocky Irawan Sikumbang (1-1, 1) and Kazuya Murata (7-4, 3) scoring a minor upset over Takaya Kakutani (6-3, 5).
Of the 2 decisions on the card both were close. Takayuki Okumoto (10-5, 5) took a split decision over Haruki Toyama (8-3-1, 3). All 3 of the judges scored that bout 77-76 with the opinions split on who did enough to deserve it. The other decision saw Yu Kawaguchi (20-5, 9) taking a close but unanimous victory over Ryoji Okahata (8-9-5, 1), in what was genuinely a poor performance from Kawaguchi.
The other card at the IMP Hall featured 8 bouts in total including the Nakamura fight.
This show was mostly scheduled for 4 rounds with 6 of the 8 total contests scheduled for the short distance.
Of the 4 round contests 3 finished early whilst 3 went to a decision. The shortest of the bouts lasted just 60 seconds as the debuting Takahiro Shinoda (1-0, 1) stopped fellow debutant Hayato Shimosakota (0-1). This was followed by 4th round stoppages for Kotaro Shinya (3-5-1, 3), who stopped Kazumasa Harunaga (1-2), and Takuma Hayashi (2-0, 2) who defeated Yosuke Goto (0-3).
The other 4 round contests were all incredibly close with Fumiya Imafuji ( 2-0-1) taking a very close unanimous decision over Kyohei Okutani (2-1, 2), Kaminoko Okamura Kentkid (1-0-1) earning a majority decision over Takahiro Morishita (0-2-1) in a rematch of both men's debut which was a draw, and a draw between Noboru Osato (1-0-2, 1) and Takuya Fujioka (2-2-1, 1).
The one bout, other than the main event, scheduled for more than 4 rounds saw Akiyoshi Kanazawa (10-2-3, 4) taking an incredibly narrow decision over Koji Itagaki (12-8-2, 5) who proved to be a better fighter than his record may have indicated.
Japan also had one other card, a much lower profile one, at the Aioi Hall, Kariya. This show featured 9 bouts again mostly with rookies.
The show started with 6 bouts scheduled for the 4 round distance, all of which went the full distance.
The 4 round contests saw unanimous decision victories for the unbeaten Dai Taoka (5-0, 3), who defeated Marcos Sogabe (3-7-1, 3), Tatsuo Kurebayashi (4-0, 2), who beat Tetsuya Yamaguchi (1-1) and Yukiya Hanabusa (3-1-1), who overcame Hiroshi Tanase (2-2, 1).
In closer bouts Kosuke Mizuno (5-3-1, 2) took a split decision over Keisuke Odorise (3-5-1) and Atsushi Komatsu (4-7-1, 2) took a majority decision over Kenta Hashimoto (4-5-1, 2). The closest bout however was a draw between Hikaru Ando (5-3-1, 3) and Masato Oike (2-0-2).
In the bouts scheduled for 5 rounds, there were majority decisions for both Masami Moriizumi (5-0-1, 4) and Cristiano Aoqui (6-2-1, 3). Moriizumi defeated Tokunori Hoshiyama (4-2-1) whilst Aoqui out pointed Ryo Shirakawa (5-5-2, 2). The other of the 5 round bouts ended in the 3rd as the hard hitting Shohei Fujimoto (6-2-3, 6) stopped Yusuke Nakagawa (4-3-1, 3).
In the Philippines, at the Municipality of Agoncillo Barangay Subic there was a 7 bout card.
The show opened with debutant Rolly Sumalpong (1-0) taking a majority decision over the previously unbeaten Miko Sacro (1-1) in a 4 round contest. This was the shows only 4 round bout.
In 6 round action the unbeaten Renerio Arizala (6-0-1, 3) scored a solid victory over Ranel Del Castillo (4-5-2, 2) who was twice dropped and Felipe Cagubcob Jr. (1-0-3) scored an unexpected split decision over Menard Abila (3-1, 1).
The 4 major bouts on the card were all scheduled for 10 rounds and in fact all but 1 of them went the distance.
On paper the least interesting of the 10 round bouts was Michael Dasmarinas (13-1, 8) against Pit Anacaya (8-21-2, 1). Although Dasmarinas won as expectedthe bout was more competitive than many, our selves included, expected it to be with Anacaya put up a solid fight against the hard hitting prospect.
The closest of the 10 round contests saw Jetro Pabustan (21-1-5, 6) taken to an unexpected split decision by Boy Dondee Pumar (9-5-3, 3). Pumar really held his own in a bout he was expected to be dominated in and this possibly exposed Pabustan as not being as good as his record would indicate.
The only fighter to score a dominant decision in the 10 round contests was the unbeaten and highly promising JR Magboo (12-0-2, 5). Magboo, twice dropped Bryan Macamay (7-2-2, 5) as he scored a really wide decision and showed himself to be a significantly better fighter than Macamay.
Whilst Magboo was dominant in his decision Roberto Gonzales (22-2, 13) didn't need the judges as he took out journeyman Roselito Campana (18-17-3, 5) in the 7th. Gonzales was dropped in round 3 from a body shot before being stopped in round 7 by Gonzalez who is rebuilding well after back-to-back losses.
From the card in Yemen we have results for all 7 contests, 5 of which went the 10 round schedule.
The shortest bout on the Yemen card saw Asam Dolbhante (4-0, 1) scoring his first stoppage as he took out Omar Al Khatib (0-2) in just 49 seconds. The only other stoppage on the card saw Yaser Ali (3-0, 3) taking out Khaldun Salami (2-1, 1) in the 5th round.
Two of the bouts on the show took place at Minimumweight. These bouts saw both Wesam Maqrami (4-0, 2) and Mustafa Humaidi (6-0, 2) retain their unbeaten records. Maqrami defeated Mawj Abdulrezak (2-3) in a clear but competitive bout whilst Humaidi was pushed very hard by Ali Al Ahdal (3-3, 2) in the closest bout of the show.
The most one sided of the bouts on the Yemen card saw Luke Hasan (2-0) dominating Bahr Slyman (1-2) taking a shut out 100-89 decision on all 3 cards. Hasan was 4 lbs heavier than Slyman and this may have contributed a bit to the one-sided nature of this bout but it's like Hasan would have won regardless of the weight difference.
In a battle of the unbeaten's Ali Salem (4-0, 1) out pointed Othman Qasim (3-1). The scorecards here ranged notably though all 3 favoured Salem of Somalia who recorded his 3rd win in just 8 days.
The other bout on the card sawthe unbeaten Abdu Sameer (3-0) extending his streak with a clear victory over Mohammad Saleh (2-2).
We try and give you the latest results on all the fights from Asia.